There have been a number of changes to the CITB Grants Scheme this year, including the eligibility criteria for Apprenticeships and the incentive payments for Specialist Upskilling Programmes (SUPs).
Whilst the Apprentice grant remains at a maximum of £6,000 for a two-year Apprenticeship and £10,250 for a three-year Apprenticeship, additional eligibility criteria have now been introduced which will allow more employers to benefit from the funding available.
SUP grants are now paid in relation to the number of off-the-job training days included within the programme and have resulted in a slight increase as follows in the amount paid to Specialist Contractors for this type of training:
SUP VQ Level 2 Programme
5-9 off-the-job training days £2,525
10-13 off-the-job training days £2,775
14+ off-the-job training days £3,025
SUP VQ Level 3 Programme
5-9 off-the-job training days £2,125
10-13 off-the-job training days £2,225
14+ off-the-job training days £2,325
Other changes for this year are as follows:
• A £50 contribution to support apprentices to undertake the Health, Safety and Environment test and obtain a competency card
• £300 payable for the achievement of an additional plant-related VQ unit which leads to a category being added to a CPCS Blue card
• The withdrawal of the temporary increase of £610 for plant-related VQ qualifications
• Construction-related work experience grants have been aligned with other attendance grants and are now only payable once per lifetime.
The Supplementary Payment of 22% will continue to be available to eligible employers that submit their levy on time and pay in full or by monthly direct debit.
The new Grants Scheme year started on 1 August 2014 and employers were required to submit their Levy return to CITB by 31 July 2014 to ensure eligibility for grants in 2014/15.
If the return is not received by 31 December 2014, the employer will forfeit eligibility to all grant payments during this Grants Scheme year which runs until 31 July 2015.