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Apprenticeships grants for higher levels

We pay grants for attendance and achievement on approved higher apprenticeships, specifically:

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

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

England and Wales

  • Levels 4 (higher) and above higher apprenticeship frameworks and standards in England and Wales, lasting between 1 and 6 years.

See which courses are eligible for grant in England and Wales

Scotland

  • Scottish Professional Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 9 & 11 lasting between 1 & 2 years. 
  • Graduate Level Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 8 & 10, lasting between 1 and 6 years

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.

For higher apprenticeships which start from 1 April 2019 onwards, download, save and complete the higher apprenticeship application form (excel 181KB), and ensure you complete all sections.

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

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

Acceptable supporting evidence includes an apprenticeship agreement from the college or training provider or all the required information on headed paper from the college or included in an email from the college or training provider (an email address ending .ac.uk).

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.

If your apprentice leaves your employment but has not achieved, we will pay attendance grant up to the date your apprentice left.

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

Late submissions

If you don't submit your paperwork within 20 weeks of the start date of the higher 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 grant, which is available when your apprentice successfully completes a 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 form below.

On completion of your apprentice Framework or EPA, we will pay attendance grant up to the date your apprentice achieved.

Second apprenticeships

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 a higher 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 higher apprenticeship type and the duration of the course. 

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

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

New apprenticeship rates

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

ActivityAmount
Each year of attendance £2,500
Achievement of apprenticeship framework/EPA £3,500

Only apprentices starting their higher 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 higher 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 a higher apprenticeship in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.

Registrations before 1 April 2019

We will continue to make payments at the appropriate rate for the remainder of the programme for higher apprentices who started their training and registered for grant support before the start of the 2019/2020 Grants Scheme year (1 April 2019).

The rate before 1 April 2019 for each year of attendance on a higher apprenticeship is £1,125

The rate for all apprentices who have achieved a higher apprentice framework achievement or EPA before 1 April 2019 is £3,125

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

Scotland

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

Wales

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

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