Apprenticeship grants for intermediate and advanced levels

We pay grants for attendance and achievements on intermediate, advanced approved apprenticeships in England, Wales and Scotland.

This grant for intermediate and advanced level apprenticeships covers:

  • Off-the-job attendance with an approved apprenticeship provider
  • Achievement of an apprenticeship framework, including advanced apprenticeship frameworks
  • Achievement of an End Point Assessment (EPA) of a new apprenticeship standard (England only)

You can apply for grants for individuals on approved apprenticeships for: 

Intermediate and advanced apprenticeships

  • Levels 2 (intermediate) and 3 (advanced) apprenticeship frameworks, lasting 2 years or more in England and Wales 
  • Levels 2 and above of the new apprenticeship standards in England, lasting 1 year or more
  • Scottish Modern Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 5 and 6 lasting between 1 and 4 years
  • Scottish Technical Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 6, 7 & 8 lasting between 1 & 2 years 

Different apprenticeship courses are available in England, Wales and Scotland

See which courses are eligible for grant in England and Wales

See which courses are eligible for grant in Scotland

You can claim if you’re levy-registered with CITB and up to date with your levy returns. You also need to meet our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions.

CITB apprenticeships

If we are your apprenticeship provider, your dedicated Apprenticeship Officer will help you complete your application paperwork correctly. As long as we receive the correct paperwork within 20 weeks of the start of the apprenticeship, we will begin making your grant payments, backdated to this start date.

Your attendance grant will be paid automatically every 13 weeks.

Other apprenticeship providers

If we are not your apprenticeship provider, you’ll need to complete an application form.

If you employ apprentices who start training after 1 April 2019, download and save the  Apprenticeship grant application form (Excel 189KB) and ensure you complete all sections. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.

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.

You must provide supporting evidence from your college or training provider with your application. The evidence must show:

  • The full title of the apprenticeship framework or standard
  • The name of the apprentice
  • The college start date

Acceptable supporting evidence can be in the form of:

  • an apprenticeship agreement from the college or training provider or
  • all the required information from the college on headed paper or included in an email from the college or training provider (an email address ending .ac.uk) or
  • a government DAS report.

Evidence directly from an employer, certificates or unit credit reports are not acceptable evidence.

Send your complete application form and supporting evidence to customer.servicesYNET@citb.co.uk.

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

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

Late submissions

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

Achievement grants

You should receive an application form for achievement grants, which are available when your apprentice successfully completes an intermediate, advanced or higher apprenticeship framework or EPA.

You should confirm the application within 3 months of its issue to receive the achievement grant.

If you don’t receive an application form within 1 month of the achievement date, complete the correct form below.

If your apprentice completes the framework or EPA early, we will pay any remaining attendance grant which falls within the same Grants Scheme year as the achievement date.

Second apprenticeships at all levels

You may apply for grant for up to two apprenticeships per level per apprentice, if:

  • the apprentice takes on a second apprenticeship in a different occupation or trade, or
  • the apprentice progresses to another level within the same occupation or trade.

Other grants

While you receive an apprenticeship grant you can’t apply for any other grants for the same apprentice, except for short course achievements and plant qualifications which are necessary, appropriate and not included within the apprenticeship.

You must meet the cost of other additional training.

Grant rates depend on the apprenticeship type and the duration of the course.

Rates are fixed for the duration of the apprenticeship as given in the Grants Scheme year the apprenticeship starts, even if they change in later Grants Scheme years.

Programmes under the new apprenticeship standards may vary in length, so attendance grants are prorated based on their duration.

New apprenticeship rates

From 1 April 2019 new apprentices at all levels will be entitled to the grant rates detailed below:

Activity Amount
1st year of attendance £2,500
2nd year of attendance £2,500
3rd year of attendance £2,500
Achievement of all levels of apprenticeship framework/EPA £3,500

Only apprentices starting their apprenticeship with their provider after 1 April 2019 will be eligible for the newly increased payment rates.

The achievement grant of £3,500 will be paid to all apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.

See Apprenticeships for England and Wales for the apprenticeships this grant will support.

See Apprenticeships for Scotland for the apprenticeships this grant will support.

If you do not see an apprenticeship in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.

Payment rules for Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships in England and Wales

In England, apprentices who have registered for and completed a Level 2 apprenticeship framework may progress to Level 3. In such cases, you may apply separately for the third year attendance (£2,500) and the advanced framework achievement (£3,500) for a total of £6,000.

Payment rules for SCQF Levels 5 and 6 in Scotland

In Scotland, apprenticeship frameworks at SCQF Level 6 and above may take more than 3 years, but no further attendance grants are payable after the third year.

Approved apprenticeship providers

You must use an approved apprenticeship provider that:

Payment of grants

You will be eligible for attendance grants once your apprentice has completed 13 weeks of continuous contracted employment.

For information on how we pay Apprenticeship grants, please refer to How to apply to claim a grant above.

Change of employers

If an apprentice changes employers during their apprenticeship, attendance and achievement grants will be paid pro-rata according to the proportion of the total training package completed with each employer.

Registrations before 1 April 2019

We will continue to make payments at the appropriate rate for the remainder of the programme for apprentices who started their training and registered for grant support before the start of the 2018/2019 Grants Scheme year (1 April 2019).

Activity Amount
1st year of attendance £1,965
2nd year of attendance £1,660
3rd year of attendance £1,125

The same applies to apprentices who:

  • qualified for Enhanced Apprenticeship Support (formerly known as Supplementary Payment), and
  • started training and registered for grant support before 1 April 2019.

The new achievement grant of £3500 will be paid to all apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.

Approved training

England

The design of English apprenticeship frameworks are governed by the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) and must be delivered in accordance with the current Apprenticeship Funding Rules

The design and delivery of English Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers) can be found at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Guidance documentation is available at Institute for Apprenticeships website. 

Wales

Welsh apprenticeship frameworks (including Higher apprenticeships) are governed by The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW)

Scotland

Scottish Modern and Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are governed by the Guidance and Proposal Template and Scottish Graduate Apprenticeships

Have you sent us your bank details? 

Do we have your bank details so that we can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only 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

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