Please find below details of the changes to the CITB 2012/2013 Grants Scheme, proposed staff training and communications to employers. The changes were approved by the CITB-ConstructionSkills Board 18th April 2012.

Attendance grants

·         Training Plan and Short Duration increasing to £22.50 per day from £17.50

·         Training Plan and Short Duration financial and training day limits to remain as existing

·         Technical and Professional - degrees, BTEC, HNC, HND, and post graduate diplomas increasing to £50 per day from £25.

·         Technical and Professional training courses other than above increasing to £30 per day from £25.

·         Construction - related Work Experience increasing to £30 per day from £25.

·         The relevant maximums per individual candidate will increase accordingly.

Site Safety Plus

·         The increase in the daily grant to £52.50 will remain in place until 31 July 2013.
Achievement grants

·         Achievement grants increasing from £275 to £400 except plant related VQs.

·         Plant related VQs increasing to £610 (£400 standard plus a £210 top up for the first 10,000 claims) - a schedule of the relevant VQs will be made available in due course

·         The temporary increase in Level 4 and above achievements (£275 standard + £250 incentive = £525) will cease on 31 July 2012 and reduce to £400 thereafter.

·         VQ and CPCS Test claiming limits remain unchanged.

Apprentice grants

·         Two year apprenticeship package increases to £6,000 from £5,200

·         Three year and four year apprenticeship package increase to £10,250 from £9,000

·         Apprentices already receiving grant will continue on existing package values.

 Advanced Craft (Scotland only)

·         Attendance increasing from £17.50 to £22.50 per day

·         Achievement increasing from £1,192.50 to £2,037.50

Craft Non Apprenticeship Grants

·         The package for VQ Level 2 has increased from £3,150 to £3,525.

·         The VQ Level 3 package has increased from £2,250 to £2,625

·         The Utilities packages for VQ Level 2 and 3 increasing from £2,250 and £1,575 to £2,625 and £1,950 respectively

·         Trainees already receiving grant will continue on existing package values.

Supplementary Payment

·         Remains at 22% (10% basic plus a temporary increase of 12%)