Consensus is a regular cycle where the construction industry is asked if it supports CITB’s latest proposals for raising the construction training Levy. The Consensus process takes place every three years.

From July through to September, the formal consensus process on the Levy paying employers took place.

This was achieved through one of two ways, either via independent market research for companies who are not members of Consensus Federations, or via Consensus Federations who asked the views of their members and reported these back to CITB.

CITB is required to demonstrate to the Secretary of State that we have consulted on the Levy proposals, revised our plan accordingly, and that over half of Levy payers by value and over half of Levy payers by number consider the proposals are necessary to encourage adequate training in the industry.


The Levy proposal is designed to be fair for all, and generate enough funding to support the design and delivery of standardised, industry recognised, training for the construction industry with a view to delivering the workforce that industry needs.

In early 2016, CITB set up the Levy Working Party (LWP) – a group of nine people from industry and invited a wider group of employers (70) to join the Levy Working Party Reference Group. With their guidance, CITB developed a range of possible scenarios, and entered into discussions with employers and federations; surveying them and meeting with them face to face to share the developed scenarios and receive their feedback. A further refinement took place taking the designs down to four potential options.

The final four options were again shared with the LWP and the LWP Reference Group plus shared with employers at the autumn Employer Advisory Forums, plus legal counsel was sought. With this feedback, the designs were further reviewed and refined to one proposal which provides fairness for all. The proposal was taken to employers during March to May at over 100 events across Great Britain.

Grants Scheme

Employers have said they want a grants scheme that is easy to understand, is simple to access and supports training in the skills that are needed for the construction sector. A set of grant reform principles have been agreed with industry and these have been used to assess the training that will be supported by the Grants Scheme from 2018.

This means that the Grants Scheme will support employers to train and qualify their workforce to meet the current and future skills need of the industry and provides funding for apprenticeships, vocational qualifications, and short duration courses.

Grant Reform will be phased in from April 2018 in line with the new Levy order.

  • Employers can invest in training at the right time and place.
  • Employers can access a workforce with a core set of portable skills.
  • More smaller firms will be supported to invest in the right skills either directly or through the supply chain.
  • Stronger incentives to invest in industry skills priorities.
  • More support available for apprenticeships, including specialist apprenticeships and permanent support for higher level apprenticeships.

CITB will be enhancing construction skills training across industry and using the Grants Scheme funds to reach as many Levy registered employers as possible, some 70,000 companies.

This means we must focus on the priorities for industry, identifying the core skills required that make the greatest impact on construction skills. As a result of feedback from consultation events, this is likely to include aspects of leadership, supervision and other generic skills agreed as priorities which will impact many staff roles.

Yes, but only for Short duration courses, Apprenticeships and Quals are unaffected. The cap will be set at 3 Short Duration courses per worker and will take into account the Sub-contractor workforce (Net paid sub-contractors for most employers; all sub-contractors in certain circumstances).

The total allowance will be available for the employer to use as they seem fit, e.g. if they had 100 staff (300 SDCs), then they could put all 100 staff through 3 courses each or 10 employees through 30 courses.

Any unused allowance will not be carried forward into future years.

If you believe a portable construction-related skill is not covered by the initial list of course titles, you will be able to submit details of the skill for review by CITB and Industry to determine grant eligibility.

This will be managed through the CITB website and the process will be live in January.

We have identified this as a need across industry, and are actively developing standards for a relevant training programme. We will provide grant for employers from April.

There may not be a confirmed CITB standard in place by April, but we will highlight relevant courses that have been developed by mental health charities for employers to use from that date.

Supporting systems

The training courses published on the Training Directory (TD) are all eligible for grant. Grant values will also be published on the directory but the final grant payable to an employer will be based on the Grants Scheme rules and capping conditions set for that Grants Scheme year.

There will be a facility to create individual records if required and the facility to be able to load data in singularly or via upload.

Training directory, training register, automated payments

If you book a Short Duration Course with a training provider that has published the course details on the Training Directory, then your grant payment will be automated on successful completion of the course.

If your training organisation is not on the Training Directory but you are booking courses with similar titles to the approved list of training titles, then there will be a transitional arrangement where you will be able to claim grant. This will only be in place on a temporary basis, until CITB are confident that all training organisations have had time to apply to be an approved training organisation and carry out the necessary quality checks.

The detail on the transitional arrangement is under development, and will be shared online and at the next wave of employer forums scheduled in February and March.

No, the details on the register are not available for viewing without specific permission being granted by the individual record holder.

Not necessarily, if there is no charge made to the sub-contractors for the training they receive, then there is no need to pay £750 fee.

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