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Key information for newly registered employers

CITB is here to support the construction industry. We help Levy-registered employers like you, upskill their workforce by providing grants and funding for training. We work with industry to set and review training standards to improve site safety and we promote construction as a positive career choice to attract new talent to the industry.

You need to be registered with CITB if your business is engaged wholly or mainly in construction industry activities and you employ payroll staff and/or subcontractors.  Find further information on registration.

Levy Return information

Once your business is registered with CITB, you must complete and send an annual Levy Return regardless of the amount you have paid to your employees.

You’ll receive your first annual Levy Return in May following your registration with your first Levy Assessment in the following April. 

Your annual Levy Return can be submitted online or by post and will need to be returned by 30 June to ensure there is no disruption to grant & funding payments.  Failure to submit a completed Levy Return will result in an estimated assessment being issued, click here for information on Levy Return and deadlines.

To complete your return online Sign up to CITB online

How much Levy will you pay?

As a Levy-registered employer you are legally required to complete a Levy Return, including details of your company’s wage bill and any payments made to subcontractors. This helps us assess whether you are required to pay a Levy, as not all employers are.

See the current Levy rates, and information about the ‘Small Business Levy Exemption’ and ‘Small Business Levy Reduction’ available to employer with a wage bill below £400,000.

To help you see what your CITB Levy may look like, we have produced a simple Levy calculator.

When to Pay?

You need to pay the Levy, or set up a Direct Debit to pay by instalments, within one month of receiving your Levy Assessment Notice. 

There are two ways you can pay the Levy:

  • By Direct Debit in interest-free monthly instalments. This service helps you to spread the payments across a year and is easy to set up.
  • in full as one lump sum.

Find further information on payment or setting up a direct debit.

CITB grant & funding

You can apply for grants and funding immediately from the date of your Levy registration, you may also apply for apprenticeship grants for the 12-month period prior to your date of registration.

Grant

Our grants support employers who provide day to day training for their workforce, contributing to the cost of training and qualifying your workforce in construction-related subjects across the following three categories

Short course grants – courses from 3 hours to 29 days

Qualification grants – including NVQ’s, degree courses and Advanced craft certificates (Scotland only)

Apprenticeship grants – across England, Scotland and Wales

Skills and Training Fund

The Skills and Training fund aims to help businesses develop the skills of their workforce by funding the cost of high-quality training that is either construction specific or leadership and management

Funding entitlement varies depending on the number of direct employees:

  • Employers with 1 to 49 directly employed staff can receive up to £5000
  • Employers with 50 to 74 directly employed staff can receive up to £7500
  • Employers with 75 to 99 directly employed staff can receive up to £10000
  • Employers with between 100 and 149 directly employed staff can receive up to £15,000
  • Employers with between 150 and 199 directly employed staff can receive up to £20,000
  • Employers with between 200 and 250 directly employed staff can receive up to £25,000

Further information about Skills and Training fund.

Receive Support

As a Levy-registered employer you can benefit from a wide range of support, including a dedicated local CITB Adviser.  Who can help you identify your company’s training needs and provide support to access grants and potential funding for this.

To contact a CITB Advisor email customerengagement@citb.co.uk or visit Contact CITB 

If you have any questions about registration or your account use our online webchat service or email levy.grant@citb.co.uk   

Stay up to date with CITB

To keep up to date with the latest industry news and find out about CITB events – including details of where you can meet your local CITB Adviser – please opt-in at citb.co.uk/opt-in