Enhanced incentives funding

‘Enhanced Incentives’ is an option under the Flexible fund to support projects that help with the completion of training and qualifications where existing funding is not sufficient to meet the needs of the sector. 

Who can apply?

  • Collectives of CITB-registered employers
  • Construction federations
  • Construction training groups

Applications must be made by three or more eligible organisations working together. Request support in finding project partners.  See restrictions in the guidance notes for more detail on eligibility.

Eligible activities

You should make sure your project cannot be supported by other CITB funding, products or services (eg the grants scheme) before applying. Projects should address priority needs, supported by a robust evidence base.  Enhanced incentives may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To increase the rate of training and achievement of qualifications needed to address predicted or sudden skills shortages in priority sectors (Examples include incentives for completing training, apprenticeships and qualifications or achievements).


  • Projects should last no longer than 18 months.
  • Projects of £10,000 to £500,000 in value
  • CITB will fund up to 70% of the project cost. You will need to find other funding for at least 30% of the project cost.

Outcomes required

Your project should lead to one or more of the following CITB strategic priorities for skills and training:

  • reduced skills gaps 
  • increased access to the right training 
  • reduced skills shortages 
  • increased appeal of working in construction 
  • increased training spending
  • more value added per employee.


Read the guidance notes for restrictions on this funding.

Learn more about enhanced incentives funding with our case studies

Current commissions

Theme Ref:

The development of a competency based assessor infrastructure

Purpose of the commission

To assist industry in meeting the requirements of the Construction Leadership Council’s decision on skills and competency through the development of an assessment infrastructure.


  • The development of an assessor infrastructure in priority sectors.
  • Demonstration of solutions to remove barriers in assessor development.
  • The qualification of at least 68 VQ assessors in 12 sectors.
  • Recognition of VQ qualification for those needed to support assessor qualification.
  • Stimulate the market by the use of enhanced incentives for VQs within the 12 sectors to assist in the removal of barriers which exist in qualifying the workforce.



Undertaken through research conducted specifically on Assessor Capacity and On Site Assessment and Training, alongside consultation with target audiences.


Onsite Assessment (OSAT) is aimed at construction workers who have skills, experience and training but do not necessarily hold a recognised qualifications in their occupation. It helps them achieve the qualifications they need to prove they can do the job effectively, safely, and efficiently. CITB has undertaken research which has offered an indication of the assessor infrastructure.

Research, alongside consultation with industry bodies has enabled CITB to identify priority sectors which need to improve Assessor provision in order to be equipped to qualify the workforce.

http://www.citb.co.uk/funding/flexible-and-structured/construction-evidence-base/evidence-foruThe need for this commission is further emphasised in looking at future construction priorities. Changes to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) mean that by April 2017 all new CSCS card applications, with the exception of trainees, apprentices and site visitors, will be required to hold an appropriate construction-related qualification. This puts further onus on the sector to extend its assessor provision to respond to this change.




Sector specific projects will be funded which support the assessor qualification in the following volumes:

Projects should include enhanced incentives for VQs, with a methodology for the proposed approach. The following volumes of VQs may be supported:

Steeple jacking and Lightning Conductors



Painting & Decorators



Insulated Render / Cladding






Passive Fire Protection



Carpentry & Joinery



Roofing Occupations





£500k over 18 months.

Over-Subscription Criteria

In this first instance CITB will be looking to commission in line with the sector volumes detailed alongside the funds available.

Where there is over-subscription for sectors, funds will be awarded based on applications with the highest percentage score, as detailed in the evaluation criteria.

Where there is over-subscription for the funds available, CITB will consider VQ allocation on a pro-rata basis to the assessor allocation.


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