What's changing in CITB Grants Scheme?

There are a number of areas of change within the Grants Scheme that will be phased in from 1 April 2018. Below we give you an overview of these changes. They include automating the payment of grant for short duration courses, when CITB receives information on the training outcomes. When this is introduced, it will remove the need to submit Training Plans and we will give you notice of this change.

From 1 April 2018 Grants Scheme support will be paid primarily for:

Supplementary Grant payments to stop

Supplementary Grant payments have been paid to employers in the past for submitting their Levy Return and paying their levy assessment on time. Supplementary Grant will be withdrawn from 1 April 2018. This includes not paying Supplementary grant on training that has commenced before this date and is continuing beyond it.

The decision to stop paying this Grant is because it was only benefitting a minority of employers and the Grants Scheme is designed to reach as wide a pool of employers as possible.


The Grants Scheme will continue to support construction and construction related Apprenticeships with no change of rates in England, Wales and Scotland.

Apprenticeships Levels 2 and 3 L2 L3 L2 L3
Y1 Y2 £1,125 £2,375 £3,125
£1,965 £1,660
Apprenticeships Scotland Two year – £6,000
Four year - £10,250

Apprentices who started before April 2018 and qualified for Grants Scheme support, including Supplementary Grant, will receive an enhanced rate of 10% on their Apprenticeship Grant for the remaining duration of the Apprenticeship.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

The Grants Scheme has been supporting Higher Level Apprenticeships from September 2017. The Grant support is for In Scope and construction related Qualifications that relate to training at Level 4 and above.The grant rate for Higher Levy Apprenticeships will be:

Higher Level Apprenticeships


£1,125 per year


The Grant support will be paid in quarterly instalments irrespective of actual number of days spent training off the job.

Apprenticeship packages as a whole will be reviewed fully in 2018.

Work Experience – Degree work placements

The reformed Grants Scheme will continue to support Degree work placements.  From 1 April 2018 the following rates will apply:

Work Experience – Degree work placements


 £30 per day
Max 240 days

CITB funding and support for this and other Work experience will be reviewed before April 2019.

Plant Testing

Plant Testing and additional units will continue to be supported by the Grants Scheme.  The rates are currently being reviewed and will let you know what they are once they have been agreed.

Specialist Applied-Skilled Programme (SAPs)

CITB continue to support the conversion of SAPs where appropriate.  We have already communicated to the Industry that all SAPs starting up to the end of March 2018 will be supported at the current rate of £7,650.

From April 2018, SAPs will be based around:

  • Commissioning of providers to secure training
  • Grants Scheme support provided through Short Duration Courses
  • NVQ achievement will be supported through Short-period Qualifications
  • The three pilots have completed successfully.

Specialist Upskilling Programme (SUPs)

CITB will continue to support SUPs but they will receive Grants Scheme support through the Short Duration Courses. NVQ achievement will be support through Short-Period Qualifications.


The Grants Scheme will continue to support a wide range of Qualifications, both those which are over a short-period and those over a long-period.

Grants Scheme support will in the main be provided on achievement, however some attendance grant with be provided where the training is delivered over a longer period of time.

From 1 April 2018, the following rates will apply:



Short-period Qualifications 



Extended-period Qualifications 

£1,125 pa 


The definition of short-period Qualifications is:

  • Courses that have less than 30 days recommended classroom training and course work regardless of where this take place, and have an agreed duration of less than one year.

The definition of extended-period Qualifications is:

  • Courses that have a minimum of 30 days recommended classroom training and course work regardless of where this takes place, and an agreed duration of one year or more.

Evaluation criteria for construction related Qualifications

CITB has established an evaluation criteria to ensure consistency in determining what is,  and is not support by the Grants Scheme. Four of the following criteria have to be satisfied to be in scope:

Flowchart showing criteria for assessing whether qualifications are eligible for grants

Download the flowchart (PDF 29KB) to show how qualifications are assessed against criteria to test if they are eligible for a grant

What will be supported?

Based on the criteria above, qualifications, higher and degree Apprenticeships in the following activities are examples likely to be supported, however actual courses are yet to be reviewed:

  • Architecture
  • Building Conservation
  • Building Site Management
  • Building Studies
  • Built Environment
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Practice
  • Construction Project Management
  • Construction Site Management
  • Construction CAD design
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Surveying

Based on the criteria given above, the following occupations are examples unlikely to be supported, however actual courses are yet to be reviewed:

  • Conservation
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Fabrication and Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Property Management
  • Plumbing
  • Generic CAD design
  • Generic HR/Finance etc

Both of the above lists are for illustration and are not exhaustive. Additional occupations and courses will be added as they are tested against the criteria.

The Grants Scheme will support Short Duration Courses from 1 April 2018. This will cover both skills that are portable across multiple sectors of the Construction Industry and skills specific to individual sectors. Employers will be able to receive Grant support for any of these courses irrespective of the sector they work in.  Grant support will be paid on achievement. 

The definition of a Short Duration Course is:

  • Training with a duration of three hours to 29 days 
  • That delivers a measurable outcome of appropriate knowledge or skills 
  • Has agreed standards and assessment criteria
  • Is not part of a formal Qualification (including Apprenticeships) 

 The type of courses that will be supported will fall into one of the following categories:

Trade or Construction Aligned
Non-trade – Construction Training
Skills specific
Health & Safety Construction Specific
Generic training courses supporting construction skills activities or aligned activities; may be delivered on- or off-site. Training that is not directly related to trade/construction skills but is customised and relevant to the industry (e.g. supervision & management) Courses customised and relevant to specific parts of the industry that have specialist element. Construction related H&S including elements essential to deliver craft/technical activity on site.

Grants Scheme rates

From 1 April 2018 there will be more than 500 Short Duration Courses eligible for grant support based on achievement. The grant support rates for Short Duration are broken into three tiers. 



Tier 1


Tier 2


Tier 3


Tier allocation will be based on rating each course against the criteria given below.

Construction Industry requests for new courses to be added will be considered every quarter through the Industry Advisory Forum.


Over the summer of 2017, CITB reviewed 10% of the training plans that had been submitted in the previous Levy year. From this a list of over 9,000 training courses was compiled.

Short duration courses

Flowchart for assessing what constitutes a short duration course

Download a pdf (PDF, 76KB) showing how the courses were evaluated to see if they met the criteria for short duration courses.

This list was reviewed to remove duplications and courses that would clearly not meet the principles of the reformed Grants Scheme. The remaining courses were then put through a filter process to determine whether they were eligible for grant support or not.

Through this filter process CITB was able to provide a list of 500 courses for the Industry Advisory Forum to review. 

Their objective was to give their approval for the methodology applied and to review the list of courses and make any suggested changes.

Support for exceptional Short Duration Courses

Under the reformed Grants Scheme, support will be provided for training that is highlighted as “an industry need” but which would normally not pass the filters provided above.

An example of this could be Mental Health Awareness – an emerging issue that could prove important for the construction industry.

A Short Duration Course that meets the following criteria could receive Grants Scheme support for a limited period to help it be established as a norm irrespective of how it measures against the filters above. Is this a new course:

  • providing standardised training which will have demonstrable impact on the construction on a topic identified by:
    • new legislation,
    • Construction Leadership Council,
    • government,
    • CITB’s evidence/ intelligence, or
    • other body;
  • but is not currently embedded or identified as a priority by industry?
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