CITB to Invest £100m in Grants to Train Construction Workers This Year

Posted on 22nd March, 2023

CITB £100m Grants: two construction workers conducting training


MORE THAN £100million in grants is being invested by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to help construction workers train and get the skills they need.

From 1 April 2023, CITB is doubling grant rates for short courses. The grants will help businesses offer more training and support employers delivering core skills training to their teams amid rising costs.

Grants up to £240 will be made available to support employers with their training needs. This includes leadership and management courses. Last year, CITB paid over £15m in grants for short courses to employers. Mental Health and Asbestos awareness courses were the most popular.

Supervision and Management Qualifications

In addition, CITB is also increasing the grant rates for specific supervision and management qualifications. This decision has been made to support individuals impacted by the Industry Accreditation card withdrawal. For Industry Accreditation card holders to continue to work onsite, completing a qualification might be needed. Therefore, grants for supervision and management qualifications will be increased from £600 to £1,250 and £1,500 respectively.

The new rates follow last year’s increases, where an additional £2,000 was made available for each dry lining apprentice, and rain screen cladding qualification grants were increased from £600 to £1,000.

Tim Balcon head shot
Tim Balcon, CITB CEO

CITB Chief Executive, Tim Balcon, said: “During this challenging time for the economy, the finances of businesses and workers are under pressure.

“Our increased grant rates address rising costs and support employers to secure high quality training to upskill their workforce.

“This uplift in grants is our response to feedback from employers, who told us increased costs are making it more challenging to invest in the training they need. We know investing in training can bring competitive advantage helping businesses to retain and attract more workers and to ensure they have an upskilled workforce to win new work.

“We’ve listened to their concerns and responded by doubling our grant rates for short courses and increasing our grant rates for specific short qualifications.”

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