5 April 2015

Changes to CITB Grants Scheme

Following the changes to the way in which CITB Levy is calculated, the CITB Grants Scheme has now been revised and the categories of employee that employers can claim grant for will change from 1 August 2015.

The changes to the CITB Levy will make it more closely aligned to the HMRC Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) and on their 2016 Levy return employers will be required to declare payments made to NET CIS Sub-Contractors between 6 April 2015 and 5 April 2016. There will be a short transition period from 6 April 2015 until 31 July 2015 when employers will be able to claim grant for training undertaken by NET CIS Sub-Contractors as well as PAYE employees and Labour Only Sub-Contractors (LOSC). However, from the new CITB Grants Scheme year on 1 August 2015, employers will no longer be able to claim grant for Labour Only Sub-Contractors.

The grant day rate will remain at £50 per employee per day for the new 2015/16 Grants Scheme year; however, the Supplementary Payment made to employers who submit their Levy returns on time will return to its original rate of 10% from 1 August 2015, after having been at an increased rate of 22% for the last few years.

Training Manager Sarah Wicks said:

“As we build up the industry’s skills capabilities, it is vital that the CITB Levy and Grant system is used to support the training and qualifications that the industry needs. Employers should ensure that they submit their Levy return on time so that they can claim the grants available and there is advice and support available from CITB.”

Further information on the changes to the CITB Levy is available on the CITB website.