CITB’s new Grants Scheme comes into effect from 1 April 2018. In the first phase, the new Scheme will make claiming grants for construction training and qualifications easier. It will also support standardised training that can be transferred as a worker progresses within the industry.
Over time, the Scheme aims to provide more effective support to help the British construction industry address skills gaps and shortages.
Who we worked with to develop the new Grants Scheme
We spent a few years developing the new Scheme, and applied an evidence-based and collaborative approach. We conducted research in 2016 with over a thousand employers about their training needs, paying particular attention to the views and needs of micro and small employers.
And to help us define what the Scheme should and shouldn’t support, we worked with:
The Grants Scheme principles
The new Scheme follows these principles:
- Encourage training specifically related to the construction industry.
- Alignment to CITB’s Scope Order.
- Focus grants to support employers training their workforce to industry-agreed standards, so that skills achieved are universally recognised and portable.
- Supports all Levy-registered employers and their full sub-contractor workforce, delivering skills across the whole supply chain.
- Use targeted funding to support industry priorities, and enhance support for the areas where the need is greatest.
- Prioritise investment in areas where there is a long-term commitment and return on investment.
The courses and qualifications that we will support through your new Grants Scheme start to align to these principles and have been assessed using a series of evaluation criteria:
Evaluating the impact of the new Grants Scheme
The new Grants Scheme represents a significant change in the way CITB supports skills and training in the construction industry through grants. Naturally, we will be evaluating the impact of the new Grants Scheme over time.
We will soon commence work with industry to define and agree how we measure the impact of the new Scheme. Details of how we assess the impact will be published as it becomes available.