CITB have announced their new 'supporting systems' set to be implemented starting April 2018. Please see below a brief description of each system.
The Training Directory will be a list of CITB ‘approved providers’ online where you will search for and book your training courses direct. This should show a list of dates and set prices for each course, you will then be able to click through to the provider’s own booking system. Each course will be set a ‘standard’, click the below links to see which courses have already been set ‘standards’. You can also leave your feedback on the next set of ‘standards’ which are yet to be approved.
If you are a member and also a registered Training Provider, please click here to find out how you can become an ‘approved provider’.
Automated Grant Payments
Much to many people’s relief, gone are the days of Training Plans to claim your grant (as of April 2018). When booking your courses through the new Training Directory, you will now receive automated grant payments. This will be ‘phased’ into your grant application process. As of April 2018, only short duration courses will be loaded onto the Training Directory, for any other grant claims, this will still have to be applied for with a Training Plan until further notice.
After the initial ‘Transition Period’ in which Training Providers will be loaded onto the directory, and more courses are added, this will then be the sole way to apply for your grant payments.
You will only be able to claim grant on courses over 3 hours which adhere to the set ‘standard’s’ and if it is delivered by a CITB approved training provider.
Grant will be paid if the training is covered under the below categories:
Trade or Construction Aligned - Generic to support construction skills e.g. Abrasive Wheels, Confined Spaces
Non-Trade Construction Training – Training not directly related to construction skills but customised to the industry e.g. BIM
Skills Specific – Courses customised to specific areas e.g. Demolition Safety Awareness
Health & Safety Construction Specific e.g. Site Safety Plus
First Aid training will not be grant applicable, although some small companies may be able to apply (payroll less than £80,000 a year).
The national register should feature every employee within the construction industry who has completed a qualification from a CITB approved training provider. When the delegate has passed the course, the Training Provider will then be able to upload the certificate onto the delegate’s account.
New CITB Funding Opportunity
The application window deadline is 26th March 2018. Funding is available for multiple projects led by eligible companies in partnership with training and technology experts.
CITB Flexible & Structured Funding Window.
The funding window for CITB Flexible and Structured Funding is now open, and will remain open until 29th March 2018. CITB have released “The Impact of CITB Project Funding” report, which shows the £17.8 million impact of CITB levy payers’ money has on industry training. The funding covered 303 projects throughout England, Wales and Scotland between September 2015 and December 2016.
Within the 303 projects, 231 micro and small employers benefited, 38 construction federations, 18 large employers, 9 CITB-funded training groups, 6 medium employers and one Trade Union all benefited from the flexible and structured funding.
If you would like to apply for flexible or structured funding in this window please follow the below link for further information.
If you would like help with your application or are interested in applying, but do not want to apply as a sole company please let us know.
CITB: Funding Opportunities for Employers
The Skills and Training Fund is available for micro and small employers, and any CITB registered companies with less than 100 employees can apply. Applications for this fund are now open and will remain open until 20th November 2017. The fund is available for projects lasting up to 18 months, and can cover upskilling programmes, multi-skilling programmes, and training support materials. The amounts available are:
Up to £5,000 for employers up to 49 employees
Up to £7,500 for employers up to 74 employees
Up to £10,000 for employers up to 99 employees