Take up training grants, industry urged

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More North West firms are being urged to take up important training grants.

In December, over 1,500 construction employers in the North West benefited from the Exceptional Training Grant from CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board, to reward their commitment to staff training and up-skilling.

Recent ONS figures show that 20 per cent of construction workers – over 43,000 people – are due to retire in the next decade, leaving the industry facing a potential skills gap. To help encourage training and up-skilling, CITB launched the Exceptional Training Grant (ETG).

The ETG is a £30m scheme to incentivise training and reward those who continue to train, despite the economic downturn. It is based on a percentage of all grants claimed by employers and £13m was paid automatically to eligible claimants in December 2013.

The ETG will also apply to training undertaken in the 2013/2014 Grants Scheme year and will be paid in December 2014.

Douglas Matthew, head of Levy and Grant, said: “CITB offers grants to support a wide range of training and qualifications, from apprenticeships to management and supervisory qualifications, and other schemes that help support the industry. These grants contribute towards the costs of training and recognised qualifications to ensure the long term growth and development of skills in the industry.

“The Exceptional Training Grant is designed to add a real stimulus to employers to encourage training.

“We urge all eligible construction employers in Lancashire to take advantage of the ETG, in this final year, to ensure they’re being rewarded for their commitment to training their workforce.”

More details of what training is eligible for a grant and how to claim can be found on the CITB website, www.citb.co.uk/grant.

CITB is the Industrial Training Board (ITB) for the construction industry in Great Britain (Scotland, England and Wales).

It works to ensure that 
construction employers have the right skills by investing funds and providing a wide range of skills and training courses.