CITB funds a large number of courses, qualifications and apprenticeships in construction. We use specific criteria to judge which of these can be supported with a grant.
If a course, qualification or apprenticeship in construction, which you think should be eligible for a grant, is not included in our lists, check it against our grant criteria given below. You can suggest a course, qualification or apprenticeship by completing the relevant form.
There are several steps to the process of assessing your suggestions for grant aided courses.
Suggested standards and courses go through the process below are assessed against the grant eligibility criteria.
Step one: the training must meet one of the following five principles.
Step two: the training must be either construction specific, or contextualised for the construction industry.
Step three: we must be able to answer ‘yes’ to three of the following questions.
Steps 2 and 3 may be skipped in exceptional circumstances, defined as:
"newly developed standardised training on a topic for which there is a demonstrable need for training, triggered by:
but which is not currently widely embedded or identified as a priority by industry."
We decide which grant tier is suitable based on the points gained through the following six criteria.
|0.5 to 1.5 days||1|
|2 to 3 days||2|
|4 to 5 days||3|
|6 or more days||4|
|Intermediate / advanced||2|
The three grant tiers are based on the number of points gained.
Refresher courses are paid at 50% of the value of the parent course tier. For example, where the parent course is Tier 3 (£120), the refresher is paid at £60.
If they meet these criteria they will be sent to the Standards Development team for evaluation.
This team will decide with the relevant Occupational Working Group if
Qualifications and apprenticeships are grant eligible if they pass each step of the eligibility criteria. There are 7 steps:
Is the qualification or apprenticeship regulated by an awarding body (eg for qualifications: Ofqual, SQA, Qualifications Wales; or for apprenticeships: an approved standard listed on the Institute of Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships Frameworks Online or Skills development Scotland frameworks list).
Is the qualification or apprenticeship at level 2 or above in England and Wales or at Level 5 or above in Scotland?
Is the qualification or apprenticeship in a subject which would be considered to be ‘in scope’ and aligned to CITB’s Scope Order?
Is the qualification or apprenticeship specifically defined as ‘out of scope’ within CITB’s Scope Order?
Is the qualification or apprenticeship ‘related, incidental or ancillary’ to deliver Principal in scope activities as defined within CITB’s Scope Order?
Is the qualification or apprenticeship at least 51% specific to construction*, and the content has been exclusively designed for construction?
Is the qualification or apprenticeship regularly involved in construction projects?
*In order to determine whether a qualification or apprenticeship is at least 51% specific to construction, CITB looks at the content of the entire qualification or apprenticeship and determines the percentage of content which is directly related to construction specific activities.