24 Jan 2022

Ultimate guide to construction apprenticeships

Look below for more information on how to strengthen your workforce for the future through hiring an apprentice.

KickStart Scheme

Provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. Funding covers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of six months, associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. Funding also covers £300 per placement to cover admin costs and £1,500 per placement for employers to cover setup costs. More information here.


CITB funding schemes for skills and training

Skills and training fund for small and micro-sized businesses (1 – 99 employees)
Funding to support businesses to address skills gaps, introduce new ways of developing the workforce and use training to support the business (e.g. management skills). Businesses can apply once every 12 months and funding is based on the number of employees:

£5,000 for 1 – 49 employees.

£7,500 for 50 – 74 employees.

£10,000 for 75 – 99 employees.

Skills and training fund for medium-sized businesses (100 – 250 employees)

£15,000 for 100 – 149 employees.

£20,000 for 150 – 199 employees.

£25,000 for 200 – 250 employees.

Qualification grants including short-period qualifications (less than one year), long-period qualifications (more than one year), work experience grants and Specialist Applied-skills programme grants.

Short course grants for a course that last from three hours to 29 days and are focused on core construction skills.


Talent Retention Scheme

Established by the Construction Leadership Council in response to covid to support construction workers and employers to search for contract and permanent roles as well as apprenticeships.


National Skills Fund

The National Skills Fund supports adults aged 24 and over who want to achieve their first Level 3 qualification. Courses are varied and include qualifications in building and construction.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee
Providing free courses for adults to gain new skills. 400 fully funded courses, including courses on plastering, bricklaying, painting and decorating and more. The scheme also includes courses for school and college leavers. ​​​​​


General Information and Support

CITB is the industry training board in England, Scotland and Wales

CITB’s purpose is to support the construction industry to attract talent and support skills development. CITB is the main training provider for the construction industry in the UK, and all construction businesses are required by law to register with the CITB.

CITB Levy payments

CITB charges a ‘levy’, which is imposed on employers in the construction sector that are ‘engaged wholly or mainly in construction industry activities’. The levy amounts are calculated on a company’s total wage bill and some exemptions and reductions apply for small employers.

Grants and training 

CITB provide a wide range of grants and funding to support training needs, and also provides access to training courses. In addition to funding support, CITB training advisers help businesses to determine their training needs and then access support and funding available to them to deliver training.

CITB support services

CITB offers a wide range of support services and resources related to training and skills for construction businesses. Other services include e-learning, card checks (e.g. CSCS cards), HS&E tests, short courses, and events. The CITB also publishes information on industry training standards and frameworks.

Other industry resources 

Cross-industry Construction Apprenticeship Taskforce (CCATF)

CCATF supports greater collaboration among industry peers and stakeholders and provides employers with information on the benefits of employing apprentices.

London Progression Collaboration

The LPC offers fully funded apprenticeship support to businesses in Greater London with undertaking the practical steps to take on apprentices

Leeds College of Building

The Leeds College of Building is the UK’s only specialist Further Education construction college, and it provides a recruitment service to employers looking for apprentices. 

Through this website the Government provides information to employers on how to find a training provider, advertise available apprenticeship positions and access funding. You can also access information about the benefits of hiring an apprentice.




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