Apprenticeship grant: Scotland

Grant codes: A02, A03, A04, A05 and A06

You can claim this grant for your trainee's attendance on a CITB-approved apprenticeship in Scotland, which lasts two years or more.

To get a grant for the qualification your apprentice gains at the end of training, see Vocational Qualification grant (grant codes A31 and A32).

Who can claim

Employers registered with CITB who submitted an accurate Levy Return by 31 December 2017.

The grant supports training for your:

  • employees paid through PAYE.

The grant does not support:

How much you can get

Exactly how much you can claim depends on the route that your apprentice is following – whether they are working directly towards a Modern Apprenticeship or they convert to one.

  • Two-year programme: up to £6,000
  • Four-year programme: up to £10,250
  • Plus and extra 10% payment if you pay the levy and meet certain deadlines. See Supplementary payment.

What the grant funds

This grant supports training that is part of an approved apprenticeship in Scotland. The training needs to:

  • lead to an approved Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) or Professional Development Award (PDA) in a trade related to construction or a specialist trade
  • take place off the job, eg on a day release or block release basis
  • include at least 35 days’ training a year
  • last for two years or more
  • be delivered by an approved work-based learning provider in Scotland. The apprentice can be managed by CITB or another managing agency
  • form part of an approved apprenticeship framework, for example, schemes run by the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) or Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC).

This grant does not support:

How to claim

The rules around apprenticeship grants are extensive, so it’s important that you read them carefully before you make a claim. 

You need to [register your apprentice] with a managing agency –  CITB Apprenticeships or another –  within 26 weeks of the training start date. We’ll then send you an apprenticeship agreement (deeds).

How to claim if CITB Apprenticeships is managing your training

Once your apprentice qualifies for grant, we’ll send you a grant claim form every 13 weeks. Sign and return the forms to us by the deadline shown on the forms.

How to claim if you use another managing agency (not CITB Apprenticeships)

1. Tell us about your apprentice

Before you can start to claim grants, you need to tell us about your apprentice and their training so we can check if they qualify for a grant. To do this:

  • Tell us about your apprentice: download the YNET form in PDF format or Excel
  • Return the completed form and supporting evidence by email to  within 26 weeks of the course start date.
2. Claim the grant for attendance

Once your apprentice qualifies for grant, we’ll send you a grant claim form every 13 weeks. Sign and return the forms to us by the deadline shown on the forms.

To claim for the SVQ gained at the end of the programme, see Vocational Qualification grant. You receive the framework completion payment automatically with your SVQ grant.

Terms and Conditions

The Grant Scheme terms and conditions answer more questions about who can or can’t claim, and how our grants scheme works. 

Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the terms and conditions.

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  • see your grant statement
  • request a grant report
  • authorise grant claims

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