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CITB Grants Scheme

The CITB Grants Scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry who provide day to day training for their workforce. The scheme helps to maintain standards on construction sites and to ensure the right skills are available for the industry to grow.

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Who can apply for a grant

All eligible employers who are registered with CITB and up to date with their Levy Returns can apply for grant including small employers who are not required to pay the levy. The deadline for Levy Returns is 30 November each year.

Grants cannot be paid to individual employees. Speak with your employer and if they are registered with CITB they may be eligible for grant for your training.

What grants are available

Grants are for training and qualifications completed in the Grants Scheme year (1 April of this year to 31 March of the next year) across the following categories

Apprenticeships

A grant for directly employed apprentices attending approved Level 2 and above Apprenticeships.

You can apply for £2,500 per year for attendance and £3,500 for achievement.

In addition to this an extra £2,000 is payable for Drylining Apprentices for new starts from 1 April 2022.

Long period qualifications

A grant for directly employed learners and all sub-contractors attending approved higher-level qualifications including degrees, HNCs and HNDs which take more than 1 year to complete.

You can apply for £1,125 per year for attendance (up to 6 years) and £1,875 for achievement.

Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found on the Long Period Qualifications page.

CITB Occupational Traineeship (England only)

A £1,000 grant is coming soon for the completion of a CITB Occupational Traineeship in England.

This grant will be available to eligible employers after an individual completes a CITB Occupational Traineeship work placement.

Further information on when this grant will be available and details on how to apply for the traineeship grant can be found on the Occupational Traineeship page.

Short period qualifications

A grant for directly employed learners and all sub-contractors, for the achievement of approved qualifications at Level 2 or above which take less than 1 year to complete, including NVQs, the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety and Health, and additional plant-related NVQ units.

You can apply for £600 per achievement for approved full qualifications (up to 4 achievements at each level per person). Within the maximum of four achievements at Level 2, you can apply for a maximum of three plant related VQ units per individual at £300 each.

An additional grant for Rainscreen Cladding VQ achievements of £400 (£1,000 in total) when achieved on or after 1 April 2022.

Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found on the Short Period Qualifications page.

Advanced craft (Scotland only)

A grant for directly employed apprentices attending approved Advanced Craft Certificate training in Scotland.

You can apply for £22.50 per day (up to 35 days per person) and £2,037.50 for achievement.

Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found on the advanced craft grant page.

Short Duration Achievement

A grant for directly employed learners and all sub-contractors on the achievement of approved short duration courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days and are focused on core construction skills needed across the industry.

Rates for these courses vary and are based on factors such as duration, intensity, and practical content.

You can apply for:

  • Tier 1 - £30 per course
  • Tier 2 - £70 per course
  • Tier 3 - £120 per course

Refresher training is payable at half the value of the full grant tier:

  • Tier 1 - £15 per refresher course
  • Tier 2 - £35 per refresher course
  • Tier 3 - £60 per refresher course

The number of course achievements each employer can apply for is capped, you can see your individual cap by logging into your MyCITB online account.

Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found on the Short duration achievement grants page.

Plant test achievements

Grants for directly employed learners and all sub-contractors for the achievement of approved Technical Tests (currently Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) only).

You can apply for £60 for passing the theory element, up to a maximum of 2 per person, per year.

You can apply for:

  • Tier 1 - £190
  • Tier 2 - £240
  • Tier 3 - £410

For passing the practical element depending on the category of plant, up to a maximum of 2 per person, per year.

Full information on how to apply can be found on the Short duration achievement grants page under the Plant Test section.

Receiving payment

Grant money is usually paid within four weeks of submitting an application if it is successful. Grants are 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.

The Grants Scheme principles

The scheme follows these principles:

  1. Encourage training specifically related to the construction industry.
  2. Alignment to CITB’s Scope Order.
  3. Focus grants to support employers training their workforce to industry-agreed standards, so that skills achieved are universally recognised and portable.
  4. Supports all Levy-registered employers and their full sub-contractor workforce, delivering skills across the whole supply chain.
  5. Use targeted funding to support industry priorities and enhance support for the areas where the need is greatest.
  6. Prioritise investment in areas where there is a long-term commitment and return on investment.

Help and more information

If you would like to discuss your grant options, please email levy.grant@citb.co.uk or call 0344 994 4455. 

If you are not happy with the outcome of a grant decision, you can appeal against it, more information can be found in the appeal policy.

Terms and conditions

The Grants Scheme terms and conditions give more information on how the scheme works. Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the terms and conditions.

Have you signed up to CITB Grants Online?

By signing up to CITB online you can:

  • see your grant statement
  • request a grant report
  • authorise grants.

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