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.