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Apprenticeship Grants

Over the past 3 years CITB NI have increased apprenticeship grants in an effort to meet skills shortages in traditional trades such as bricklayers, joiners and roofers.

Up to £11,770 available to employers to support new and existing construction apprentices

The funding available is a combined financial offering from CITB NI training grants and the Department for the Economy’s new Apprentice Recovery Package launched earlier this month in a move to help the apprenticeship system respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Over recent years the widely established CITB NI grants scheme has supported over 400 young apprentices who joined the industry in the last four years. Due to the successful uptake of the apprenticeship grant in recent years, CITB NI has maintained this grant which means that £6,500 can be claimed for a fully employed apprentice over a 3-year period.

Apprenticeship Grant Rates

Year 1 Employment Grant £1,500 Running Total
Year 2 Employment Grant £1,500 £3,000
VQ Level 2 Achievement £1,000 £4,000
Year 3 Employment Grant £1,000 £5000
VQ Level 3 Achievement £1,500 £6,500

*Terms and conditions apply

Apprenticeship Recovery Package

The launch of the Apprenticeship Recovery Package focuses on retaining or recruiting apprentices into the industry. Employers therefore can claim
  • Up to a maximum of £3,700 for retained apprentices, payable from the Government Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result Scheme - find out more here

  • Up to £3,000 to support the recruitment of new apprentices. Find out more here 

Information on Apprenticeship NI Providers

Information on all other construction related courses

Please note these lists are not exhaustive contact your local training provider/college for clarification of training offered.

Click here to visit the CITB NI grants web page were you can apply for an apprenticeship grant.

Useful Resources

CITB NI have published 4 detailed guides to help with all the relevant information relating to apprenticeships. Please download what is relevant to you for the latest information available.

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Employers

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Students

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Parents/Guardians

10 Reasons why you Should Employ an Apprentice


Useful Links

Employers interested in taking on an apprentice can find further information in the Employers Guide to Apprenticeships available on the Department for the Economy website at

Connect to Success NI (

What types of Apprenticeships Exist?

Find Opportunities -  Apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities will be advertised on Connect to Success NI s.

Training - When you start an apprenticeship.Your employer will help you arrange 'off the job' training . Find out who delivers apprenticeship training in your area