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Long qualification grant

We pay grants for approved higher level qualifications which take more than one year to complete on a part time basis and that focus on the core construction skills needed across the industry.

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Overview

We pay grants for attending and achieving approved, higher level qualifications that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry. We support courses undertaken through distance learning and e-learning. Higher level qualifications include:

  • Higher National Certificates and Diplomas (HNCs and HNDs)
  • Degrees
  • Post-graduate qualifications

These grants are for long qualifications and do not apply to apprenticeships. See the Apprenticeship grants page for details of available support in this area.

Who can apply for these grants?

You can apply if you’re a CITB Registered employer and up to date with your Levy Returns. As well as fulfilling our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions and specific requirements for this grant.

You can apply for this grant for all directly employed staff on the payroll and all subcontractors.

The learner must be completing the course part time. This grant is not available for full time or placement students.

You must be able to offer the appropriate level of work experience to a learner, such that they should spend a minimum of 16 hours per week doing the job they are developing skills in. These hours way be averaged over a four-week rolling period.

If we’re not satisfied that you’re providing adequate training, we may reduce, withhold or reclaim the grant.

You must also tell us immediately if your learner leaves their training programme or employment. Failure to do so will result in action to recover overpayments.

Which qualifications are covered for grant?

See a full list of qualifications we pay grant for.

We use a specific criteria to judge which qualifications can be supported by grants. To see how we decide which qualifications are covered, click here.

If you know of a construction-related qualification that is not already on the list of qualifications we pay grant for, you can submit a suggest a qualification form for it to be considered.

How much is it?

£1,125 per year for attendance whilst completing the qualification, up to a maximum of six years. This grant is payable every 13 weeks.

£1,875 achievement grant on successful completion of the qualification.

How to apply

You should apply for the attendance grant when the learner starts the course. The application must be received by us within 20 weeks of the start date to allow grant to be backdated to this date. If you submit your application more than 20 weeks after the start date, grant will be paid from the date the application is received. You should apply for the achievement grant when the leaner has completed the course and achieved the qualification.

Attendance applications

To apply for attendance grant, download and complete the grant application form (Excel, 638KB).  

  • Save the form, complete the LPQ attendance tab on the application
  • Attach a copy of the supporting evidence from the training provider. Your application cannot be processed without this.

This evidence must be supplied on headed paper or in an email from the training provider (from an email address ending .ac.uk) and include the following:

  • Full name of the learner
  • Full course title
  • The course start date

Send your completed application form and evidence to grant.claimforms@citb.co.uk

As long as we receive the correct paperwork within 20 weeks of the start of the course, we'll begin making your grant payments, backdated to this date.

We will send you a form or email notification every 13 weeks to confirm that the learner is still in training and employment. You must make the confirmation within 3 months of the issue date to continue to receive payments.

If the learner leaves your employment, you must notify us, and we will pay attendance grant up to the date they left.

If a learner moves from one employer to another during the course of the qualification, you will only be paid attendance grant for the time they were employed by you.

For support on applying for this grant you can contact your local CITB Advisor or our customer services team on 0344 994 4455.

Late submissions

If you don't submit your application within 20 weeks of the start date of the course, we will only make attendance grant payments backdated to the date on which we receive your application. We won't backdate payments to the start date of the course.

Achievement applications

For achievements awarded between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023, download and complete the 2022-2023 grant application form (Excel, 77KB) and send to us by 30 June 2023.

  • Save the form and complete the LPQ achievement tab.
  • Attach a copy of the achievement certificate or achievement notification email from the awarding body. Your application cannot be processed without this evidence.
  • Send your completed application form to grant.claimforms@citb.co.uk

On achievement of the qualification, we will pay attendance grant up to the last date of learning.

For support on applying for this grant you can contact your CITB Advisor or our Customer Services team on 0344 994 4455.

Changes and transfers

Transferring to another employer

If the learner transfers employers but remains in the same trade or occupation, grant payments are shared between employers according to the number of days of employment they have spent with each whilst completing the qualification.

Changing levels or trades

You can apply for this grant if a learner moves on to a higher level within a trade or does a second long qualification in a different occupational area. You can do this for up to two long qualifications per level per individual.

Other grants

While you receive long qualification grant you can’t apply for any other grants for the same learner, except for short course grant for any courses which are not included within the long period qualification, but that are necessary and appropriate.

Have you sent us your bank details? 

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.

Have you signed up for CITB Grants Online?