The CITB grants scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry to train their workers. The scheme helps to maintain health and safety standards on construction sites and to ensure the right skills are available for the industry to grow.

Many of the courses at The Digital College are recognised by the CITB and qualify for grants if you are an eligble company in the construction sector.

Who can claim a grant

You can claim grants if you are an employer registered with CITB and you send a Levy Return by 31 December each year.

Small employers that don’t need to pay the levy can still claim grants.

Grants aren’t paid to individual employees. If you are an employee, you can ask your employer if they are registered with CITB so they can get a grant for your training.

How CITB grants work

Grants are for training and qualifications completed in a grant scheme year (1 August to 31 July).

You claim grants after your employee finishes their training or gains their qualification. If a course runs over more than one grant scheme year, you make separate claims for each year.

Grants for apprenticeships work slightly differently: you can start to claim a grant for their training as soon as you have registered him or her - you don’t need to wait for the apprenticeship to end.

How to claim your CITB grant

Each grant has slightly different rules. The CITB has detailed information here: list of grants.

The deadline for making a claim is 31 October after the end of a grant scheme year.

Receiving your grant

You usually receive your grant money within four weeks of submitting a claim, if the claim is successful. Grants are paid by direct debit or cheque.

Sometimes we need more information before we can pay a grant, and some claims are unsuccessful.

CITB offer a process whereby unsuccessful claims can be appealed.