About CITB apprenticeships

CITB is one of the largest providers of apprentices for the construction industry, with over 45 years’ experience of developing skilled workers.

If you decide to employ a CITB supported apprentice, you will be getting a keen, motivated member of staff that wants to learn and help your business to grow. 

  • CITB supported apprentices benefit from the services of apprenticeship officers throughout their training.
  • Levy-registered employers can apply for grants for each apprentice's attendance and achievement throughout their course.

All CITB's apprenticeship training is developed in consultation with the industry, meaning an apprentice will learn the right skills for the job.

Our CITB Apprenticeship Career days can be delivered either face-to-face or online, as appropriate. Prospective applicants can ask any questions about their chosen trade and will get the information and advice they need about a range of careers in construction. This helps to ensure applicants make fully informed choices about their careers.

At each event

  • Our Apprenticeship Officers conduct an initial interview to find out about the applicant.
  • Applicants complete an assessment of their literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Apprenticeship Officers will review what skills and knowledge the applicants bring to their chosen role, as a requirement of funding and to avoid unnecessary training.

We pay grants to registered employers of up to £10,250 per apprentice.

The Apprenticeship Grant for employers is available in addition to any grants from us to help pay your apprentice’s wages.

You can apply for grants for individuals on approved apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3, and higher apprenticeships in England, Wales and Scotland.

Find out more about the Apprenticeships grants.

If you are not a levy registered employer, you can still employ a CITB apprentice.

  • Your apprentice will still have the suport of a CITB Apprenticeship Officer
  • You will still have access to the information gathered at Careers days about your apprentice.
  • You will not be eligble to apply for grants to fund your apprentice.

There are different terms and conditions for employers who are not levy-registered. You must read these in conjunction with the Commitment Statement, all terms and conditions apply under the Apprenticeship Commitment Statement.

Terms and conditions relating to apprenticeship training, non levy funded (PDF, 426KB)

Apprenticeships in England are changing

If you are an employer in England who is still using apprenticeship frameworks, now is the time to plan your move to standards and set up an Apprenticeship Service account with the Government Apprenticeship Service.

  • On 31 July 2020 Apprenticeship Frameworks end.
  • From 1 August 2020 all new apprenticeships will be to an Apprenticeship Standard.
  • From 1 April 2021 all apprenticeships will have to be arranged through the Apprenticeship Service

Please note: These changes are for England only they do not apply to Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Background to the changes

Since January 2020, as part of testing new arrangements during a transition period, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), has been inviting all employers, regardless of size, to use the Government’s Apprenticeship Service (formerly DAS).

The Government has also been encouraging all employers, regardless of size, to set up an online account, so they can experience the benefits of the Apprenticeship Service. For non-levy paying employers, use of the service during the transition period has been optional.

The transition period was due to end on 31 October 2020. However, due to COVID-19 this has been extended to 31 March 2021.

CITB's role

CITB is supporting the Government with the transition to the Apprenticeship Service. We will:

  • Raise awareness so that all construction employers and partners are aware of the changes
  • Advise and support all CITB registered construction employers, colleges and training providers so they are aware of the changes and can respond
  • Actively support CITB registered construction employers who currently employ apprentices and those who are likely to employ apprentices.

Support for employers

CITB provides information and advice to help you understand and use the Apprenticeship Service. You can:

Opening the online account

When you open an online account, everything you need to set up, start and manage a new apprentice can be found in one place.