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Skills and training fund

What this fund is for

This fund provides assistance for micro and small construction companies to develop a stronger skills base. Specifically, it provides an extra incentive for you to access CITB grant eligible training.

Who can apply for funding

CITB-registered employers with up to 99 directly employed staff on the payroll. Employers can apply for funding once every 12 months.

How much you can apply for

CITB-registered employers can apply for funding related to how many direct employees they have:

  • Employers with 1 to 49 directly employed staff can receive up to £5,000.
  • Employers with 50 to 74 directly employed staff can receive up to £7,500.
  • Employers with 75 to 99 directly employed staff can receive up to £10,000.

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the Terms of funding for Skills and training fund and our Terms of bidding for the Skills and training fund.

To apply for funding, follow the guidance notes provided in the Skills and Training application form (PDF 271KB).

To complete and submit the form, you should: 

  1. Download the application form and save it to your computer
  2. Complete all fields
  3. Ensure that you regularly save this application to your desktop to prevent loss of data
  4. Save and send the completed form to

What happens next

The funding team will examine the applications in blocks or after a defined ‘assessment points’.

Please see details of when applications will be considered:

  • 30 April 2019
  • 31 May 2019
  • 28 June 2019
  • 31 July 2019
  • 30 Aug 2019
  • 30 Sept 2019
  • 31 Oct 2019
  • 29 Nov 2019
  • 31 Jan 2020
  • 28 Feb 2020

You should receive a decision from us within 4 weeks of the score point following your application. 

CITB will decide to either approve or decline an application.

Definitions are:

  • Approved: The application meets the assessment criteria and will be progressed subject to available funds.
  • Declined: Based on the information supplied your application does not meet the criteria for skills and training funding, you have not submitted a Levy Return, you are behind on levy payments, or you are asking for courses that are not aligned to construction.

You can submit an appeal on scoring or procedural grounds. You will need to notify us if you wish to make an appeal by emailing

Please ensure that CITB receives any appeal request within 14 days of the email notifying you of our decision. 

We will inform you of our decision at the next assessment point.

We will publish details of your project on our website once a funding agreement is in place. 

We may also wish to work with you to develop press releases, case studies or promotional videos relating to your project either during delivery, or upon completion.

You will need to complete a short evaluation form and return this to CITB within 28 days of your project end date. You receive this form with your award letter.

Once the payment has been made, you can start the training. You will need to retain evidence of invoices and certificates to demonstrate that the training has taken place. 

Once all of the training has finished you will need to return a completion form along with the evidence to CITB  within 28 days of your project end date.

We understand that business needs and circumstances can change and you might need to return the money please contact us at  and we can discuss alternative arrangements with you. This could result in money being returned or agreeing to new training.