The terms and conditions governing the Grants Scheme
These term and conditions are effective from 1 April 2021.
The objective of CITB’s Grants Scheme is to meet skills demand and address and prevent skills gaps. The Grants Scheme is funded by Industry through the CITB Levy and we aim to ensure that these funds are invested well to meet Industry needs.
There is a high demand for grant and in order to meet the objective of the Grants Scheme all applications will be assessed against our policies set out in both:
Subject to the following, employers in the construction industry registered with CITB (Employers) are entitled to apply for grant within the Grants Scheme Year in which they are first registered. This eligibility to access the Grants Scheme extends to Employers who are not required to pay the Levy by virtue of the applicable Small Business Levy exemption in the Grants Scheme Year in which the application is submitted.
An Employer is able to apply for grants in respect of construction industry related training undertaken by its:
provided they are working at the time of the training for the Employer making the application and that CITB grant support has not already been received for the particular training/qualification.
An Employer may authorise third party training providers and/or colleges providing services to the Employer to complete a grant application on their behalf. Where the Employer so authorises, the responsibility to ensure that applications are made in accordance with these Grants Scheme terms and conditions and to repay any grants received as a result of an error by the third party remains with the Employer.
To apply for grant, applicants should visit CITB’s website. The requirements specific to each grant type should be checked prior to submitting an application as some grants operate restrictions.
Grants are available for:
Only training directly related to the construction industry and listed on CITB’s website qualifies for grant. These training programmes, which include health and safety courses and non-construction related training such as management and supervisory courses specifically tailored for the construction industry, have been approved because they meet industry agreed standards; are priority areas for grant funding; and align with the Industrial Training legislation. If a course or qualification is not listed on our website use the relevant form to submit it for evaluation.
Eligibility for apprenticeships grant is subject to compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, regulations and codes relating to apprenticeships in addition to the current Apprenticeship Rules, Standards, Specifications and Guidance applicable in England, Scotland or Wales.
The design of English apprenticeship frameworks (including Higher apprenticeships) are governed by the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) and must be delivered in accordance with the current Apprenticeship Funding Rules.
The design and delivery of English Apprenticeship Standards (Trailblazers) can be found at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Guidance documentation is available at Institute for Apprenticeships website.
Welsh apprenticeship frameworks (including Higher apprenticeships) are governed by The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for Wales (SASW).
Apprenticeship, Higher and Graduate Apprenticeship Grants in all three nations are restricted to PAYE staff only due to the long-term nature of the training to ensure a stable pattern of employment throughout the programme.
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.
For the avoidance of doubt, CITB reserves the right to only grant fund apprenticeship training models that it considers, at its sole discretion, provide the appropriate level of quality to individuals and Industry, in terms of content, duration of training and where the intention is for the apprentice to acquire substantive/significant new skills.
Any apprenticeship delivery models that aim to qualify for CITB grants, but deviate from the standard Government Apprenticeship Models in the three nations (whereby all training is delivered within an apprenticeship whilst the apprentice is in continuous employment), should be submitted in advance to CITB for consideration as to whether they qualify for grant. Failure to do so may result in grant applications being rejected.
Confirmation of an approved grant application will be through an Employer’s Online Account Portal and/or remittance advice only. For the avoidance of doubt, any other confirmation will not be valid or recognised by CITB.
CITB shall pay grants in accordance with the requirements specific to each grant type set out on CITB’s website. Time for payment is not of the essence and CITB reserves it right to make payment as and when Grants Scheme funds are available.
As already mentioned, CITB’s Grants Scheme is discretionary in nature and funded by Industry through the CITB Levy. CITB’s current financial operating system automatically sets off grant against any outstanding Levy liability. When the current system is replaced, grant payments will no longer be set off against Levy liability, except in exceptional circumstances at CITB’s sole discretion.
Shared Services Connected Limited on behalf of CITB is authorised to continue to set off grant against outstanding Levy debt while it continues to use CITB’s current financial operating system but shall cease to set off grant against outstanding Levy debt when this system is replaced.
Employers must complete and submit all Levy Returns in accordance with the deadlines and pay or have Direct Debit arrangements in place to pay, all outstanding Levy before any grant shall be released for payment.
Grant payments for training lasting more than 12 months will follow the rates for each Grants Scheme Year with the exception of apprenticeships which use rates fixed from the year in which the apprenticeship began.
Grant payments shall be paid to the Employer’s nominated bank account via Bacs Direct Credit, regardless of whether an application is submitted by an Employer or third party. It is the Employer’s responsibility to update CITB of any changes to their bank account details.
CITB may at its sole discretion, at any time and for whatever reason, including in exceptional circumstances such as a decrease in statutory Levy income, reduce grant payments and/or rates proportionally or withdraw them completely. In this instance, CITB shall use reasonable endeavours to inform Employers of these changes.
Grant payments may be reduced, withheld or reclaimed, for example if CITB is not satisfied that adequate training has been given or that individuals for whom grant is applied for are not employed by the Employer to whom the grant application relates. CITB will reclaim (and take appropriate action) for any grant issued as a result of deliberate manipulation, falsification of records or fraud.
Any overpayment of grant or grant found to be paid in error for any reason by CITB, shall be repayable immediately on demand.
Employers shall keep and maintain for 3 years from the end of the tax year to which they relate, full and accurate records of grant applications including:
Further evidence may be required to support an application for some types of grant and Employers should check the requirements specific to each grant type prior to submitting an application.
Employers shall afford CITB, its representatives and auditors such access to those records as may be required in connection with these terms and conditions and section 6 of the Industrial Training Act 1982. Employers who fail to comply shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine.
CITB reserves the right to reject any application for grant that in its opinion does not meet these Grants Scheme terms and conditions or the requirements specific to each grant type or does not meet or further the statutory or charitable functions of CITB.
You can appeal if your application for grant is rejected. Our Grants Scheme Team will consider your appeal and will aim to let you know the outcome within 28 days.
Appeal by email or letter only with supporting evidence to:
Grants Scheme Team
CITB Box 30