In spring this year the eligibility criteria for the Skills and Training Fund for SME and micro-sized constructions companies (less than 100 employees), as well as the new fund for medium sized companies (100 – 250 employees), were adapted to recognise the immediate challenges being faced by industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund adaptions enabled hundreds of businesses to gain funding for urgent training needs, either for construction specific activity or for Leadership and Management training during this crisis.
As the industry begins to reset, CITB feel it is the appropriate time for the fund to revert back to its original purpose, to support productivity and innovation a cornerstone of CITB’s recently released Strategic Plan, but with the ability to be flexible should requirements change. From the 30 November 2020, the interim COVID-19 rules will be suspended. Any applications from 1 December 2020 will be reviewed under the original CITB Skills and Training fund rules that can be foundat www.citb.co.uk/levy-grants-and-funding/grants-funding/skills-and-training-fund/