Apprenticeships grants for higher levels

We pay grants for attendance and achievement on approved higher apprenticeships, in England, Wales and Scotland.

This grant for higher level apprenticeships covers:

  • 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 and 11 lasting between 1 and 2 years. 
  • Graduate Level Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 8 and 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 2020 onwards, download, save and complete the higher apprenticeship application form (excel 192KB), and ensure you complete all sections.

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 higher apprenticeship framework or standard
  • The name of the higher 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 on headed paper from the college or training provider (an email address ending with .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.

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.

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

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.

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.

From 1 April 2020 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.

You can apply for a £3,500 achievement grant on successful completion of the qualification

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.

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).

The new achievement grant of £3,500 will be paid to all apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2020, even if they started before 1 April 2020.

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.

Change of employers

  • If an apprentice changes employer 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.

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.

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

Wales

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

Scotland

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