Confirmation of a successful 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 the website. Time for payment is not of the essence.
CITB Levy and Grant are two distinct schemes. 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.
Shared Services Connect 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.
Payments for training lasting more than 12 months will follow the rates for each grant scheme year with the exception of apprenticeships which use rates fixed from the year in which the apprenticeship began.
Grants 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.
In exceptional circumstances, eg a decrease in statutory Levy income, CITB may at its absolute discretion reduce grant payments and/or rates proportionally or withdraw them completely to match Levy funds available. In this instance, CITB shall use all reasonable endeavours to inform Employers of these changes.
Grants 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.
Any overpayment of grant by CITB shall be repaid on demand.