Specialist Applied-skills Programme (SAP) grant

Grant support is paid out for Specialist Applied-skills Programme (SAPs) are 18-month courses comprising a number of related modules, leading to a Level 2 or 3 National or Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ or SVQ).

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We pay grants for:

  • the achievement of each training module within an approved SAP, corresponding to short duration course achievements
  • the achievement of the NVQ or SVQ at the end of the programme, corresponding to short-period qualifications.

We also contribute to course costs, which we pay directly to approved training providers through a separate commissioning process. Find details about approved SAPs.

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Who can claim

You can claim if you’re registered with us and meet our general Grants Scheme eligibility requirements. You should also have an agreement in place with the training provider before the course start date. 

This grant is available for all directly employed full-time Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff who fulfil the funding eligibility requirements of the CITB’s National Specialist Accredited Centre (NSAC). 

It is not available for Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) sub-contractors.

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How much is it?

The grant package comprises 3 elements:

  • £30, £70 or £120 for each training module achieved, depending on its short duration course tier rate
  • £600 for the completion of the NVQ or SVQ
  • a contribution of up to £4,000 per learner to cover course costs, paid directly by CITB to the approved training providers. 

You can find out what the grant tier is for each module from the SAP courses page.

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How to claim

To check grant eligibility and to register your learner on a SAP, call NSAC on 0300 456 5561. 

To claim for the Vocational Qualification achievement at the end of the programme, see the current method for claiming short-period qualification grants.

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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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