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CITB modifies grant scheme to boost training take-up

24 Jul 13 The Construction Industry Training Boards (CITB) has made some changes to its grants scheme to support training schemes.

In the wake of a 62% fall in claims for grant funding since 2008, CITB is keen to encourage companies to get back into training as recovery comes around.

The changes take effect from 1 August 2013. They are:

  • The continuation of the £50 per day for Training Plans and Short Duration will run for Training Plans taken out in the 2013/2014 Grants Scheme and for Short Duration training from 1 August 2013 until 31 July 2014.
  • Reducing the Short Duration training period from the current 1 day to ½ day  to allow small and micro employers greater access to the Grants Scheme support
  • An additional training day allowance will be granted under a Training & Development Plan for scaffolding contractors to allow them to claim for Construction Industry Scaffolding Record Scheme (CISRS) separately from other training.
  • All Technical and Professional attendance grants will be paid at £50 per day, an increase from £30 per day for some courses.  The new Construction ILM qualification in Construction Leadership and Management Skills will be eligible for Technical and Professional attendance and achievement grant support.
  • The current premium of £250 on top of the standard VQ rate of £400 will no longer be available for achievements on or after 1 August 2013 for VQ Level 4 and above.
  • The £610 Plant related VQ grant will continue into 2013/2014 to encourage employers to move their operators to the full CPCS Competence Card.
  • Employers who do not pay a Levy as the Labour-only Payments Received (LOPR) figure offsets their Levy liability are currently eligible to receive Supplementary Payment at 22%. As this group of employers do not actually contribute to the Levy funds industry has decided that they should not be eligible for Supplementary Payment from 1st August 2013. 
  • Aligning the Site Safety Plus daily attendance grant currently at £52.50 with other rates now set at £50 per day;
  • Supplementary Payment remains at 22% (10% basic plus a temporary increase of 12%). If employers want to be eligible to receive Supplementary Payment and to qualify for payment of any grant in 2013/2014 Grants Scheme they must complete their Levy Returns by 31 July 2013.

Chris Jones, chairman of CITB’s grant scheme working party, said: “CITB works hard in partnership with the construction industry to provide financial support for employers of all sizes towards the training and qualification of their workforce.

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“We understand how crucial this support is for all employers in these difficult times. So I am pleased that the new Grants Scheme contains some excellent news for employers, especially as we have been able to maintain the attendance grant at the enhanced rate of £50.

“I encourage all employers to ensure that they claim the grants they are entitled to and continue building the skilled workforce the industry needs.”

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