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Long-period qualification grant

We pay grants for approved higher level qualifications which take more than one year to complete that focus 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. We support courses undertaken through distance learning and e-learning. Higher level qualifications include:

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

These grants for long-period qualifications do not support apprenticeships. See the Apprenticeship grants page for details of available support in this area.

Who can apply for this grant?

You can apply if you’re registered with us and meet our Grants Scheme terms and conditions and specific requirements for this grant. These grants are available to support directly employed staff on the payroll and all sub-contractors.

You must be able to offer the appropriate level of work experience to the learner, 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 learner leaves their training programme or employment. Failure to do so will result in action to recover overpayments.

Which courses are eligible for grant?

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

If you know of a construction-related qualification that is not already on the list of grant eligible qualifications, you can submit a suggest a course form for further consideration.

How much is it?

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

Grant is available for a maximum of six years attendance.

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

You may also apply for grants for any short course which is not included within the long-period qualification, but that is necessary and appropriate. You must cover the cost of this training, and you may not apply for any other type of grant for the individual.

How to apply

You should apply for the attendance grant when your learner starts the course, and the achievement grant when he or she has completed the course and achieved the necessary qualification.

Attendance applications

If your learner is starting a new long period qualification between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, Download and complete the 2021-2022 grant application form (Excel, 165KB).

If your learner is starting a new long period qualification between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023, Download and complete the 2022-2023 grant application form (Excel, 638KB).  

Please note: Use Chrome or Firefox to download the form. We recommend that you do not use Internet Explorer as you may have problems downloading this.

  • Save the form, complete the LPQ attendance tab on the application
  • Attach a copy of the supporting evidence from the training provider. Your application cannot be processed without this evidence.

The evidence must be on headed paper or in an email from the training provider (from an email address ending .ac.uk) and include the following:

  • Full name of the learner
  • Full course title
  • The course start date or proof that the learner is studying within the 2021/2022 or 2022/2023 academic year

Send your completed application form and evidence to grant.claimforms@citb.co.uk

As long as we receive the correct paperwork within 20 weeks of the start of the academic year, we'll begin making your grant payments, backdated to this start date.

We will send you a form or email notification every 13 weeks to confirm that your learner is still in training and employment. You must make the confirmation within 3 months of the issue date to continue to receive payments.

If your learner leaves your employment, you must notify us, and we will pay attendance grant up to the date your learner left.

If a learner moves from one employer to another during the course of the qualification, you will only be paid attendance grant for the period the learner was employed by your company.

For support on applying for this grant you can contact your local CITB Advisor or our customer services team on 0344 994 4455.

Late submissions

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

Achievement applications

For achievements awarded between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022, Download and complete the 2021-2022 grant application form (Excel, 165KB) by 30 June 2022.

For achievements awarded between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023, Download and complete the 2022-2023 grant application form (Excel, 638KB) by 30 June 2023.

Please note: Use Chrome or Firefox to download the form. We recommend that you do not use Internet Explorer as you may have problems downloading this.

  • Save the form, complete the LPQ achievement tab on the application
  • Attach a copy of the achievement certificate or achievement notification email from the awarding body. Your application cannot be processed without this evidence.
  • Send your completed application form to grant.claimforms@citb.co.uk

On completion of the achievement, we will pay attendance grant up to the date of your learner last date of learning.

For support on applying for this grant you can contact your CITB Advisor or our Customer Services team on 0344 994 4455.

Changes and transfers

Transferring to another employer

If the learner 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 learner has had with each.

Changing levels or trades

You can apply for a grant for a learner 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.

Have you sent us your bank details? 

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.

Have you signed up for CITB Grants Online?