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Deadline looming for construction grants
CONSTRUCTION employers in the North-East are being urged to act fast to claim training grants they are entitled to from CITB, the Construction Industry Training Board.
There are approximately 600 CITB-registered employers in the North East who are eligible to put in claims for training carried out, or for the achievement of approved qualifications, between August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2013. The deadline for claims for this period is Thursday, October 31.
In addition to the existing grant available, those that have had a grant claim accepted during the 2012/2013 Grants Scheme year will be eligible for the Exceptional Training Grant (ETG) – a scheme launched earlier this year to incentivise training.
The ETG, a £30m incentivisation scheme agreed by CITB’s Training Committee, will be based on a percentage of all grants claimed by employers and will be paid automatically to eligible claimants (normal Grants Scheme rules apply) in Decembe 2013. The ETG will also apply to training taken in the 2013/2014 Grants Scheme year and will be paid December 2014.
Kim Leonard, CITB’s Grant Product Manager, said: “CITB offers grants to support a wide range of training and qualifications, from apprenticeship support to management and supervisory qualifications, and other grants that help develop the industry. These grants ensure the long term growth and development of the industry, by contributing towards the costs of training, recognised qualifications and development.
“The Exceptional Training Grant is designed to add a real stimulus to employers to encourage training. We urge construction employers in the North East to take advantage of the ETG, by ensuring they submit any claim before the deadline of October 31.”
More detail of what is eligible and how to claim can be found on the CITB web site, www.citb.co.uk/grant
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