Latest opportunities and support from CITB and other government funded initiatives

Here are the latest updates, opportunities and initiatives shared by CITB (including other government schemes which support CITB priorities) that you may find of interest.

1. CITB Short course grants CITB pay grants for the achievement of approved short courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days. Short course grants are paid for the achievement of short duration courses which align to approved construction-related standards, or to approved standard titles where the standards are undergoing development. This includes plant training linked to any card scheme courses and the theory and practical elements of Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) technical tests. Further information, including eligibility requirements, is available here:

2. CITB Skills and Training Fund For companies with fewer than 250 directly employed staff. The Skills and Training fund aims to help micro, small and medium-sized construction companies to deliver high quality learning and development experiences to employees, and can include management and leadership training, helping you unlock growth through new technology or introducing new skills to improve productivity in your business. Further information is available here:

3. Government incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice The government has increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

Further information is available here: Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice - GOV.UK (

4. 'Travel to Train' - Apprenticeship Travel and Accommodation Funding CITB is widening the support offer for employers with apprentices who have to 'Travel to Train'. CITB will fund 80% of accommodation costs for eligible apprentices of grant eligible employers who attend colleges or training providers where overnight stays and travel to and from a hotel to a place of training, are required. Employers can also claim excess costs for apprentice travel where the cost exceeds £30 per week. Further information is available here: Travel to Train.

5. Kickstart Scheme - Government support for employers to take on 16-24 year olds The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021. Further information is available here:

6. Talent Retention Scheme TRS The Construction Talent Retention Scheme (TRS) is supported by the Construction Leadership Council, CITB and a wide range of employers, industry bodies, professional institutions and construction unions. It is a free to use recruitment and talent management platform dedicated to supporting the attraction, development and retention of people and skills in the industry. Further information is available here: