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£5200 Grant Available to Employers who employ an Apprentice for 3 year cycle

Thursday 25 Oct 2018

CITB NI are focused on driving investment in skills and training that a growing construction sector requires and offer key initiatives to help the industry train to ensure the right skills in the right place at the right time.

The CITB NI training grant scheme offers direct grants to registered employers for support in a wide range of training and qualifications for employees working in Northern Ireland.  The training is not limited to just the construction trades.  It also includes Administration, Supervision and Management training.

n 2018 – 2019 the grant funding has increased to £1.65million to support training within the local construction industry and includes an additional 30% increased investment in apprenticeship grants.

Skills shortages and an aging workforce are putting construction at risk and apprentices are fundamental to the future growth of the industry. Construction employers can gain £5200 during the 3 year cycle of training an apprentice plus an additional £1500 from the Department for the Economy for employers who take on apprentices from the very start right through to completion of NVQ Level 2 and 3.

Offering young people apprenticeships gives businesses the chance to play an active role in moulding their future workforce and creating the future skills that they need to help their businesses develop. We want employers to make a difference and that is why we have boosted the grants funding to help improve the apprenticeship uptake within our sector. Concerns over bureaucratic systems, paperwork, recruitment and retention all create barriers for employers taking on an apprentice as well as supporting employers in grants available we want to help break down the barriers to show that hiring an apprentice is a simple process and there are many benefits to getting involved. We hope that the enhanced grant funding will help employers plan their training for the forthcoming year. The training grant funds are easy to claim, with employers encouraged to claim online via the website as it is easy, quick and efficient.