Long-period qualifications grants

We pay grants for attending and achieving approved, higher level qualifications (which take more than one year to complete) that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry. 

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Overview

We pay grants for attending and achieving approved, higher level qualifications that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry. Higher level qualifications include:

  • Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)
  • degrees
  • post-graduate qualifications

Our Long-period qualification grants do not support apprenticeships. See Apprenticeship grants for details of available support.

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Who can claim

These grants are available to support directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and all sub-contractors.

As well as fulfilling our general Grants Scheme eligibility requirements, you must be able to offer the appropriate level of work experience to the trainee, who should spend a minimum of 16 hours per week doing the job they are developing skills in. The pattern of working may be averaged over a four-week rolling period.

If we’re not satisfied that you’re providing adequate training, we may reduce, withhold or reclaim the grant.

You must also tell us immediately if your trainee leaves their training programme or employment. Failure to do so will result in action to recover overpayments.

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Which courses are eligible?

See a full list of qualifications which are eligible for grant.

If you do not see a qualification in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.

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How much is it?

This depends on how long the training lasts. The attendance grant rate for the current year is £1,125.

You can claim a £1,875 achievement grant on successful completion of the qualification.

If training spans more than one Grants Scheme year, payments follow the rates given for each year.

You may also claim for any short duration training and plant qualifications which are not included within the long-period qualification, but that are necessary and appropriate. You must cover the cost of this training, and you may not claim for any other type of grant for the individual.

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How to claim

You can claim the grant when a learner attends the course, and again when he or she has completed the course and achieved the necessary qualification.

Attendance claims

If your learner starts a new long period qualification between 1 August 2018 and 31 March 2019, you should submit this claim form within 20 weeks of the course start date.

Every 13 weeks we will ask you to confirm that the individual is still in training and employment, which you should do within 3 months to continue to receive payments.

If the trainee completes the qualification early, we will pay any remaining attendance grant which falls within the same Grants Scheme year as the achievement date.

Late submissions

If you don't submit your paperwork within 20 weeks of the start date of the course, we won't backdate payments to the start date of the course. We only make attendance grant payments backdated to the date on which we receive your paperwork.

Achievement claims

For achievements gained between 1 August 2018 and 31 March 2019, you should submit a claim form with evidence of your long-period qualification achievement by 30 June 2019.

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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.

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Changes and transfers

Transferring to another employer

If the trainee transfers but remains in the same trade or occupation, grant payments remain available and are shared between employers according to the number of days of employment the trainee has had with each.

Changing levels or trades

You can claim a grant for a trainee who moves on to a higher level within a trade or does a second long-period qualification in a different occupational area. You can do this for up to two long-period qualifications per level per individual.

Changing from technical and professional grants A09 and A25

You can claim for any completed attendance days of the 2017/2018 academic year falling within the 2018/2019 Grants Scheme year (namely those between 1 April 2018 and 31 July 2018), if:

  • you have claimed an A09 technical and professional attendance grant within the 2017/2018 Grants Scheme year
  • you submit your additional claim to us by 31 October 2018

You can also claim an A25 technical and professional achievement grant for the same trainee completing the qualification at the end of the 2017/2018 academic year. We will pay the 2018/2019 achievement rate of £1,875, in line with other long-period qualification packages. The claim must be made by 31 October 2018.

If your trainee is finishing the qualification after the 2017/2018 academic year, you can transfer to a long-period qualification grant for the time remaining, as long as the qualification is eligible.

Please complete the form in the ‘How to claim’ section above and submit it within 20 weeks of 1 August 2018 for payments to be backdated to this date. If you don’t submit your paperwork within 20 weeks of 1 August 2018, attendance grant payments will only be backdated to the date on which we receive your paperwork.

Changing from a craft non-apprenticeship grant A08

If your grant package began before 1 April 2018, you’re still be eligible to receive the achievement grant and the completion bonus, and the rest of the attendance grant at the rates given at the start date of training.

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