We pay grants for approved higher level qualifications which take more than one year to complete that focus on the core construction skills needed across the industry.
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We pay grants for attending and achieving approved, higher level qualifications that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry. We support courses undertaken through Distance Learning and E-Learning. Higher level qualifications include:
- Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)
- post-graduate qualifications
These grants for long-period qualifications do not support apprenticeships. See Apprenticeship grants for details of available support.
Who can apply to claim for grant
These grants are available to support directly employed staff on the payroll and all sub-contractors.
As well as fulfilling our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions, you must be able to offer the appropriate level of work experience to the trainee, who should spend a minimum of 16 hours per week doing the job they are developing skills in. The pattern of working may be averaged over a four-week rolling period.
If we’re not satisfied that you’re providing adequate training, we may reduce, withhold or reclaim the grant.
You must also tell us immediately if your trainee leaves their training programme or employment. Failure to do so will result in action to recover overpayments.
Which courses are eligible?
See a full list of qualifications which are eligible for grant.
If you do not see a qualification in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.
How much is it?
This depends on how long the training lasts. The attendance grant rate for the current year is £1,125.
You can apply for a £1,875 achievement grant on successful completion of the qualification.
If training spans more than one Grants Scheme year, payments follow the rates given for each year.
You may also apply for grants for any short course which is not included within the long-period qualification, but that is necessary and appropriate. You must cover the cost of this training, and you may not apply for any other type of grant for the individual.
How to apply
You should apply for the attendance grant when your learner starts the course, and the achievement grant when he or she has completed the course and achieved the necessary qualification.
If your learner already started a new long period qualification between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, you can still apply for the remainder of the available attendance grant. This will be paid from the date of your successful application until the end of the training course.
If your learner is starting a new long period qualification between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, you should submit an application form within 20 weeks of the course start date.
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You must provide supporting evidence from your training provider with your application. The evidence must show:
- full course title
- name of learner
- course start date or proof that the learner is studying within the 2019/2020 academic year
The supporting evidence must be on headed paper from the training provider or in an email from the training provider (from an email address ending .ac.uk)
Send your completed form including the evidence detailed above to email@example.com.
As long as we receive the correct paperwork within 20 weeks of the start of the academic year, we'll being making your grant payments, backdated to this start date.
Every 13 weeks we will ask you to confirm that the individual is still in training and employment, which you should do within 3 months to continue to receive payments.
If the trainee completes the qualification early, we will pay any remaining attendance grant which falls within the same Grants Scheme year as the achievement date.
If you don't submit your paperwork within 20 weeks of the start date of the course, we won't backdate payments to the start date of the course. We only make attendance grant payments backdated to the date on which we receive your paperwork.
For achievement gained between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, you should submit an application form with a copy of your long-period qualification achievement certificate by 30 June 2019.
For achievements gained between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, you should submit an application form with a copy of your long-period qualification achievement certificate by 30 June 2020.
Changes and transfers
Transferring to another employer
If the trainee transfers but remains in the same trade or occupation, grant payments remain available and are shared between employers according to the number of days of employment the trainee has had with each.
Changing levels or trades
You can apply for a grant for a trainee who moves on to a higher level within a trade or does a second long-period qualification in a different occupational area. You can do this for up to two long-period qualifications per level per individual.
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