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What is an employer network?

The employer network is a new 12 month initiative set up and funded by CITB, run by local network groups. It will simplify the way you get the support and funding you need to access the training you want. It’s all part of the service.

Even better, because the employer networks are organising it all there’s no CITB form to fill in to apply for grant.

You could even get considerably more than the existing Grant Scheme… how much is part of what employers in the networks are deciding.

Collectively employers will shape the way the funds provided by CITB are spent, and on what. And if the pilot is a success it could radically change the way training is funded by CITB.

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Aim of the pilot

You’ve told us that accessing grants & funding for training is complex and many just don’t bother, so we want to simplify how you get the support and funding you need to upskill your team.

You won’t need to navigate the Grant Scheme, as CITB will fund the employer network to organise the training. And unlike the restrictions in some other schemes, the training can be in anything that supports construction employers. These could be the trade skills you need right now or something you’ll need in the future - such as net zero, digital skills or mentoring.

The big difference is that it is local employers working together to decide how to spend the funding in their area and on what

Tim Balcon, CITB Chief Executive said: “I’m really excited about this pilot – this is about putting employers in the driving seat to identify and address their local skills challenges and how best CITB can align our funding and resources to support their skills needs.

I would encourage employers in the pilot areas to get involved and use their voice to shape the local training provision.”

Herman Kok, Lindum Group Ltd said:

"As chair of Lincolnshire LGTA l am excited and looking forward to delivering an ‘employer network pilot scheme'. We will collaboratively deliver innovative training support for Lincolnshire based construction companies and their supply chains. We are grateful for the support we receive from CITB for these activities".

Pilot areas

We’re running at least one pilot in every Nation, if you’re based in one of the five areas, and are
Levy-registered, you can benefit from the employer network.

The first five employer networks cover the following areas:

  • South-West Wales
  • Lincolnshire
  • Norfolk
  • Inverness (Highlands & Islands) - plus civil engineering employers across Scotland
  • Midlands (for civil engineering employers only)

To find out more either Email: employernetwork@citb.co.uk or contact your local employer network. Details below:

The five pilot areas:




South West Wales

Midlands - Civil engineering only

More information

Do I need to be a member of the training group running my local scheme to benefit?

No. You do not have to join a training group or membership body to benefit. The pilot is being run by these organisations because they are experts in their local training provision.

Will it cost me anything to join?

Employer networks are free to join for any Levy-registered employer.

Are there any other costs?

Each employer network has a budget to spend on training. The employers within the network decide how funds are used for the greatest benefit. This may mean training is subsidised, and in some cases fully funded.

Is this only for face to face training?

No. The training can be face-to-face (in person or tutor-led online) or e-learning.

Is there a limit to how many can join in an area?

There are currently no limits in place to the number of employers that can benefit. However the pilot is for 12 months, so you should get involved as early as possible to get the most from it.

I’m not in any of these pilot areas – what does that mean for me?

As the pilot progresses we’ll evaluate it’s success and consider where or if we can roll the scheme out further. Keep an eye out for more information.

Contact Us

Not sure if it’s for you or want to know more?

We’re really excited about this but if you’re not sure or have any questions you want to ask first, email us and one of the team will get back to you.

Email: employernetwork@citb.co.uk