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CITB Grants Scheme

CITB provides grants for construction industry employers who provide training for their workforce. The Grants Scheme helps the industry maintain high standards, making sure people are being trained in the right skills for the industry to thrive.

This page has information for employers who want to apply for a grant from CITB. You can find out:

Who can apply for a grant

All employers registered with CITB can apply for a grant with us.

Grants are available to employers of all sizes, whether or not you pay a levy to CITB. However, please make sure you are up to date with your Levy Returns before making your application. This rule applies to all employers seeking grants for their employees.

What grants are available

The following categories of grant are available:

Apprenticeships

You can apply for £2,500 per year for attendance and £3,500 for achievement.

For drylining apprentices, an extra £2,000 is available for anyone starting from 1 April 2022 onwards.

Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which apprenticeships are covered can be found on the links below.

Long qualifications

You can apply for £1,125 per year for attendance (up to 6 years) and £1,875 for achievement of higher-level qualifications, such as degrees, HNCs and HNDs that take more than a year to complete.

Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which qualifications are covered can be found on the Long qualifications page.

Short qualifications

You can apply for £600 for the achievement of qualifications at Level 2 and above that take less than a year to complete. These include NVQs, Diplomas and the NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety and Health.

An additional £400 grant is available for Rainscreen Cladding VQs achieved on or after 1 April 2022.

You can also apply for £300 for the achievement of plant related VQ units.

Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which qualifications are covered can be found on the Short qualifications page.

Advanced craft (Scotland only)

You can apply for £22.50 per day (up to 35 days per person) and £2,037.50 for achievement of an approved course that leads to the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Advanced Craft Certificate in a subject related to construction.

Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which courses are covered can be found on the advanced craft page.

Short courses

You can apply for grant for the achievement of short courses which last from 3 hours to 29 days and are focused on teaching core construction skills.

Grant rates for these courses are based on several factors such as duration, intensity, and practical content and can be £30, £70 or £120.

Refresher training is payable at half the value of the full course grant.

Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which courses are covered can be found on the Short courses page.

Plant test achievements

You can apply for £60 for the theory element and £190, £240 or £410, depending on the category of plant, for the practical element of a Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) technical test.

Full information on the full rules and how to apply can be found on the Short courses page under the Plant tests section.

CITB Occupational Traineeship (England only)

A £1,000 grant is coming soon for the completion of a CITB Occupational Traineeship in England.

Full information on which Traineeships are covered and how to apply can be found on the Occupational Traineeship page.

Receiving payment

Money is usually paid within four weeks of an application being made if it is successful. Grants are 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.

The Grants Scheme principles

The scheme follows these principles:

  1. Encourages training specifically related to the construction industry.
  2. Aligns to CITB’s Scope Order.
  3. Grants are focused on supporting employers who train their workforce to industry-agreed standards, so that skills achieved are universally recognised and transferable.
  4. Supports all employers and their full subcontractor workforce, so that skills are improved across the whole supply chain.
  5. Uses targeted funding to support industry priorities and enhance support for the areas where the need is greatest.
  6. Prioritises investment in areas where there is a long-term commitment and return on investment.

Help and more information

If you would like to discuss your grant options, please email levy.grant@citb.co.uk or call 0344 994 4455, alternatively contact your local CITB Advisor

If you are not happy with the outcome of a grant decision, you can appeal against it, more information can be found in the Appeal Policy.

Terms and conditions

The Grants Scheme terms and conditions give more information on how the scheme works. Before you apply, make sure you've read and understood the terms and conditions.

Have you signed up to CITB Grants Online?

By signing up to CITB online you can:

  • see your grant statement
  • request a grant report
  • authorise grants.

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