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:
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.
The following categories of grant are available:
- Long qualifications
- Short qualifications
- Advanced Craft (Scotland only)
- Short courses
- Plant test achievements
You can apply for £2,500 per year for attendance and £3,500 for achievement.
Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which apprenticeships are covered can be found on the links below.
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.
You can apply for between £300 and £1,500 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.
The grant rates vary depending on which qualification has been achieved. Full information on the rules for this grant, how to apply and which qualifications are covered can be found on the Short qualifications page.
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.
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.
Refresher training is payable at half the value of the full course grant.
Full information on grant rates, the rules for this grant, how to apply and which courses are covered can be found on the Short courses page.
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.
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 scheme follows these principles:
- Encourages training specifically related to the construction industry.
- Aligns to CITB’s Scope Order.
- Grants are focused on supporting employers who train their workforce to industry-agreed standards, so that skills achieved are universally recognised and transferable.
- Supports all employers and their full subcontractor workforce, so that skills are improved across the whole supply chain.
- Uses targeted funding to support industry priorities and enhance support for the areas where the need is greatest.
- Prioritises investment in areas where there is a long-term commitment and return on investment.
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.
The Grants Scheme policy gives more information on how the scheme works. Before you apply for a grant, make sure you've read and understood the Grants Scheme policy.