Specialist upskilling programme grant

Grant code: SUP

From 1 April 2018, we no longer pay grants for Specialist Upskilling Programmes. Your deadline for applying for this grant is 30 June 2018 for training undertaken within the grant year 1 August 2017 to 31 March 2018. 

Eligible employers can still apply for approved short duration course achievement grants for their associated modules and short-period qualification grants for the completion of the relevant approved NVQ or SVQ.

This grant supports your employees’ training on approved specialist upskilling programmes, and the qualification they gain at the end of the training.

The programme includes the following:

●     off-the-job attendance on a course which has been approved by the CITB National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC) on a day/block-release basis

●     achievement of a VQ at Level 2, 3 and 4 – relevant to the occupation

Specialist Upskilling Programmes (SUPs) provide bespoke courses offering the correct level of training to meet the needs of the individual sector and reduce the amount of time that is required for the operator to be off site. 

Find out about specialist upskilling programmes

Who can claim

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

The grant supports training undertaken by your:

How much you can get

NVQ/SVQ level 2:

Up to £3,025. This includes:

  • £1125 for attendance
  • £1,000 to £1,500 incentive for completing the course, depending on the number of training days
  • £400 for gaining the NVQ/SVQ
NVQ/SVQ levels 3 and 4:

Up to £2,325. This includes:

  • £1125 for attendance
  • £600 to £800 incentive for completing the course, depending on the number of training days
  • £400 for gaining the NVQ/SVQ

You can also get an extra 10% payment if you pay the levy and meet certain deadlines. See Supplementary payment.

You must employ the trainee throughout the period of grant support.

What the grant supports

  • National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ or SVQ) gained at the end of the programme.

This grant does not support scaffolding programmes. The entry route for scaffolders is through the Construction Industry Record Scheme (CISRS).

How to claim

The deadline for making a claim is 30 June 2018.

Before you apply, read the full details about this grant. 

1. Register for the grant
  • Your training provider will contact NSAC to check if your apprentice qualifies for grant support, then send you the grant application form.
  • Complete and return the grant application form to your training provider before the course start date.
  • The training provider will send your application form to NSAC to register your apprentice for the grant.
2. Claim the grant for attendance
  • Once you have registered for the grant, we’ll send you an attendance grant claim form every 13 weeks throughout the course.
  • Sign and return the forms to NSAC by the deadlines shown on the forms.
3. Claim the grant for the NVQ/SVQ and completion incentive

To claim for the NVQ or SVQ gained at the end of the programme, see Vocational Qualification grant.

You receive the completion incentive automatically with your NVQ/SVQ grant payment.

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

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