Grants are available to businesses in Scotland with apprentices following approved construction-related apprenticeship programmes of two years or more.
The grant rates for apprentice attendance and achievement are fixed within the CITB Grants Scheme year in which the apprentice started training, even if rates are increased or decreased in subsequent years.
The grants payable depend upon which route the applicant's apprentice follows:
- MA Level 2 only- up to £6000.
- MA conv- up to £4250.
- MA direct- up to£10,250.
A £50 contribution is also available for the apprentice to undertake the Health, Safety and Environment test and to cover the cost of applying for a competency card.
Other financial support may be available, for example if CITB Apprenticeships is the work based learning provider or if the apprentice is attending the National Construction College then CITB will pay the college tuition fees and some travel costs.
The applicant must provide tools and protective clothing and apprentices will be expected to receive an appropriate wage - for example under the Building and Allied Trades Joint Council (BATJIC) rule agreement - although the level of wage the applicant pays lies solely between the applicant and the apprentice.
CITB pay grants to business in Scotland with an apprentice for attendance at college, the achievement of a SVQ and an apprenticeship framework, up to a maximum of £6,000 for a two-year course or £10,250 for three years.
This grant supports the following training and achievements for approved construction related apprenticeship programmes of 2 years or longer duration:
- Off-the-job attendance with an approved training provider on an approved course.
- Achievement of a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ).
- Achievement of an apprenticeship framework. These grants are only payable if the apprentice has been registered onto an approved apprenticeship registration scheme.
- Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAPs).
The following are not eligible to receive a grant:
- Higher apprenticeships.
- Apprenticeships lasting less than two years.
- Labour-only sub-contractors.
- Agency staff.
- Employed trainees in non-construction related occupations.
Businesses in Scotland with an apprentice learning construction related skills can apply for a grant provided the apprentice is registered under a CITB approved, industry apprenticeship scheme. For example:
- Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC).
- Scottish Painting and Decorating Apprenticeship Council (SPADAC).
- Other schemes including heating and ventilation, surveying, plumbing and electrical.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of the scheme.
Costs associated with training an apprentice and paying a wage.
A deadline has not been specified for this scheme.
Links to guidelines:
The applicant will need to complete and submit a claim form.