Craft non-apprenticeship grant

Grant code: A08

This grant is for your employees’ attendance on a course in a craft trade related to construction between 1 August 2017 and 31 March 2018.

The course must lead to a National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ or SVQ) at level 2 or 3.

To claim for the qualification they gain at the end of their course, see Vocational Qualification grant.

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 training: 

How much you can get

The grant available depends upon the level of the qualification of the training as detailed below:

VQ Level 2 only, (one-year course):

Up to £3,525 per person. This includes:

  • £1125 for attending the course
  • £400 for gaining the NVQ/SVQ
  • £2000 incentive for completing the course

Attendance and achievement grant is available for new entrants and existing operatives who do not already hold a VQ Level 2 in their particular craft occupation.

NVQ/SVQ level 3 (one-year course):

If your trainee continues onto a VQ Level 3, a separate application will need to be made for this additional training.

Up to £2,625 per person. This includes:

  • £1125 for attending the course
  • £400 for gaining the NVQ/SVQ
  • £1100 incentive for completing the course

You also get an extra 10% if you pay the CITB levy and meet certain deadlines, with the  Supplementary payment.

Where there are less than 35 days off-the-job attendance within each year of training, attendance and achievement grant will apply for VQ Level 2 and/or Level 3 as appropriate.

The completion incentive will be paid at a rate of £1,100 for Level 2 and £495 for Level 3 as appropriate depending on the level of the qualification undertaken by the trainee.

Please note: achievement grants can only be claimed for a maximum of 4 VQ qualifications at each level, per lifetime.  This limit does not affect payment of the completion incentive.

Grant support will commence from the start date of the VQ training. 

What the grant funds

The grant supports training that is part of an approved course in a craft trade related to construction. The course needs to:

  • take place off-the-job, for example, by day release or block release
  • include at least 35 days’ training each year. We review claims for shorter courses on a case-by-case basis.
  • be delivered by a NVQ/SVQ-accredited training provider
  • lead to a NVQ/SVQ level 2 or 3.

Your trainee must be employed by you throughout the period of grant support. You should let us know straight away if a trainee leaves or joins your company part-way through their training. Contact

The grant does not support scaffolding courses, as these are funded through the Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme (CISRS). 

This Craft non-apprenticeship grant is not an alternative for the training of employees whose natural route of entry is through a craft apprenticeship (apprenticeship grants support this training). If a trainee has failed to meet the entry criteria for an apprenticeship he/she will not be eligible for Craft non-apprenticeship grant support.

While you are claiming Craft non-apprenticeship grant you cannot claim any other grant for the same trainee other than necessary and appropriate off-the-job training which is not included within the individual’s VQ course (eg First Aid training and Site Safety Plus courses). These grants need to be claimed in the normal way.

How to claim

To apply you must complete a Craft non-apprenticeship grant application form in either PDF (199KB) or Excel (159KB) format. Send your completed application from to the Levy and Grants Operations Team who will confirm your eligibility for this grant.

Claims must be submitted within 3 months of the start date of the training course or they will be rejected.

How to claim if CITB is the managing agency

First and second year attendance grant
  • A claim form will be sent to you every 13 weeks
  • You will need to sign the form to confirm that your trainee is still in training and in your employment. Return the form to CITB Levy and Grant Customer Operations by 30 June 2018 to confirm your claim.

Once your trainee is registered with CITB, you'll receive grant payments automatically every 13 weeks throughout the training. 

How to claim if CSkills Awards is the awarding body for your VQ achievement

  • If a pre-populated form is sent to you where CSkills Awards is the awarding body for your achievement you will need to sign the form and return it to CITB Levy and Grant Customer Operations to confirm your claim
  • If a claim form is not sent to you within one month of your trainees VQ achievement, download and complete a grant claim form
  • Send this to CITB Levy and Grant Customer Operations by 30 June 2018.

Have you sent us your bank details? 

Do we have your bank details so that we can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only paid by bank transfer. If we do not hold your current bank details, please complete and submit the secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form to receive grant payments.

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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