We pay grants for the achievement of approved short-period qualifications (which take less than one year to complete) that are focussed on the core construction skills needed across the industry.
Please note: As of 1 October 2020, the specific plant-related VQ units will be withdrawn and no longer grant aided
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This grant pays for the achievement of approved short-period qualifications in core construction skills. These include:
- NVQ at Levels 2 and above and SCQF at Levels 5 and above
- National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety
- Plant-related vocational qualification (VQ) achievements
- Specific plant-related VQ units achieved on or before 30 September 2020.
Qualifications can be delivered in a number of ways as defined within the approved standard, including:
- through on-site assessment (OSAT)
- through experienced worker practical assessment (EWPA)
- by distance and e-learning
- outside conventional working hours (evenings or weekends)
Short-period qualification grants are not available to support individual achievements that form part of other longer qualifications. Please see long-period qualification grant or apprenticeship grants for details.
Who can apply
You can apply if you’re registered with us and meet our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions and specific requirements in this grant.
This grant is available for all directly employed staff on the payroll and all subcontractors.
How much is it?
You can apply for £600 for each achievement, up to a maximum of 4 achievements at each level per individual. You can only apply once for an individual for the same achievement.
The additional grant for specific plant-related vocational qualification (VQ) units is £300 each, up to a maximum of 3 per person per lifetime, achieved on or before 30 September 2020.
Where there is a previous grant for a plant operations VQ, future achievements will only be considered for the plant-related VQ unit grant achieved on or before 30 September 2020.
How to apply
For achievements awarded after 1 April 2019, submit an application form with a copy of the certificate of achievement or an achievement notification email from the awarding body by 30 November 2020. However, this deadline is subject to change pending the automation of Short-period qualification grants.
For achievements awarded after 1 April 2020, you should submit an application form with a copy of the certificate of achievement or an achievement notification email from the awarding body by 30 June 2021. However, this deadline is subject to change pending the automation of short-period qualification grants.
For achievements of the additional plant-related units, applications need to be submitted by 31 December 2020 for achievements from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.
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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