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Kemp quits after ‘loss of confidence’ in training body

Stephen KempThe President of the Scottish Building Federation is reported to have resigned from two construction industry training groups after losing confidence in the way they operate.

Stephen Kemp (pictured) was Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) national training group chairman and a member of the CITB Scottish advisory committee. He is also managing director of Orkney Builders (Contractors).

Trade sources say Mr Kemp has quit following a dispute over apprenticeships and claims of a lack of consultation with contractors by the training body.

A resignation email to CITB chief executive Sarah Beale, seen by Construction Enquirer, Mr Kemp states: “I have felt for some time now that CITB operate in a manner to achieve agreement for what they want to do, rather than what the construction industry or local communities need to run their businesses in an economically viable way, with the resources they need to do it.

“As a levy payer and a business that employs directly (and who value very highly craft apprenticeship training) I feel that CITB are certainly losing the confidence of key players in Scotland.”

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