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.
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. Further information about the Levy can be found on the dedicated Levy pages here
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 - Grant for directly employed apprentices attending approved Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeships.
You can apply for £2500 per year for attendance and £3500 for achievement
Higher Apprenticeships - Grant for directly employed higher apprentices attending approved higher, degree and graduate Apprenticeships at Level 4 and above.
You can apply for £2500 per year for attendance (up to 6 years) and £3500 for achievement
Full information on how to apply for Apprenticeship grants and which courses are eligible can be found below, please select your nation.
Long Period Qualifications - Grant for directly employed trainees 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 £1125 per year for attendance (up to 6 years) and £1875 for achievement
Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found here Long Period Qualifications
Short Period Qualifications - Grant for directly employed trainees 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
Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found here Short Period Qualifications
Degree Placement Work Experience - Grant for directly employed trainees completing work experience is available when it is an essential part of a construction related degree. This is for work experience completed up to 30 Sep 2021 as the grant will be discontinued from 01 October 2021
You can apply for £30 per day (up to 240 days per person)
Rates are capped based on the following rule. Employers with up to 250 employees have a cap of £10,000. Employers with 250 or more employees have a cap of £50,000.
Full information on how to apply and more details on the cap can be found here Work Experience
Advanced Craft (Scotland only) - 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 £2037.50 for achievement
Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found here Advanced Craft
Short Duration Achievements
Short Duration Training - Grant for directly employed trainees 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 £30 (Tier 1) £70 (Tier 2) £120 (Tier 3) per course
Refresher training is payable at half the value of the full grant tier
You can apply for £15 (Tier 1) £35 (Tier 2) £60 (Tier 3) 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 CITB online account here
Full information on how to apply and which courses are eligible can be found here Short Course Grants
Plant Test Achievements - Grants for directly employed trainees 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 £190 (Tier 1) £240 (Tier 2) £410 (Tier 3) 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 here Short Course Grants under the Plant Test section
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:
- Encourage training specifically related to the construction industry.
- Alignment to CITB’s Scope Order.
- Focus grants to support employers training their workforce to industry-agreed standards, so that skills achieved are universally recognised and portable.
- Supports all Levy-registered employers and their full sub-contractor workforce, delivering skills across the whole supply chain.
- Use targeted funding to support industry priorities and enhance support for the areas where the need is greatest.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not happy with the outcome of a grant decision, you can appeal against it. More information on our appeal policy can be found here
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.