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The CITB Employer Networks Funding

The CITB Employer Network, is your gateway to essential funding opportunities designed to enhance the skills and competencies of your workforce. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is committed to supporting employers in the construction industry by providing access to funding for a wide range of training programmes. Here’s how you can benefit from these opportunities.
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What is CITB Employer Network Construction Training Funding?

In the rapidly evolving construction industry, staying ahead is essential. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce the CITB Employer Network.

This innovative initiative, set up and funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), aims to simplify access to support and funding for training. Workforce Skills Support, a nationwide CITB Approved Training Organisation and Employer Network Partner Provider, is here to help you navigate and benefit from this fantastic opportunity.

CITB Employer Network Construction Training Funding is a scheme designed to help construction employers access the necessary financial support to train their employees. This funding aims to improve industry standards, boost productivity, and ensure a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the evolving demands of the construction sector.

They have two main objectives:

  • Simplify Access: Make it easier for you to access training and funding without the hassle of extensive paperwork.
  • Inform CITB: Bring together employers at a local level to inform CITB on training needs and advise on funding allocation to address immediate and future skills needs in their region.

Employer Networks have been piloted successfully since July 2022, with over 1,000 employers benefiting from simplified training access. Through 2024, CITB is rolling out the initiative to provide coverage across Great Britain.

"I’m really excited about Employer Networks – this is about putting employers in the driving seat to identify and address their skills challenges and how best CITB can align our funding and resources to support their skills needs. I would encourage employers in the Network areas to get involved and use their voice to shape training provision."
Tim Balcon
CITB Chief Executive
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Why Join the CITB Employer Network?

  1. Simplified Access to Training and Funding
    Navigating the complexities of training and funding can be daunting. However, 86% of employers using this network have found the process much simpler. By joining, you can streamline your access to vital resources and focus on what you do best—building and developing.

  2. Comprehensive Training Options
    As part of the network, you can access a wide range of qualifications and courses tailored to your needs:

    • NVQs: From Level 2 to 7 in various construction sectors.
    • Plant Training: Onsite plant training, follow-on NVQs for CSCS Affiliated NPORS cards, and CPCS card upgrades.
    • Site Safety Plus: Remote courses like SSSTS, SMSTS, TWC, TWS, and Directors Role for Health and Safety.
    • Core Construction Training: Delivered at your premises to suit your team's needs

  3. Financial Benefits
    Joining the network not only simplifies training access but also avoids the larger outlay of funds to commence training that some of the other funding and grant schemes require.
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Eligibility & How To Apply

To qualify for CITB Employer Network Construction Training Funding, your business must:

  • Be in the construction industry.
  • Be registered with the CITB.
  • Up to date with your CITB levy.

How to Apply

  1. Register with CITB: Ensure your business is registered with the CITB. If not, you can complete the registration process on the CITB website.
  2. Identify Training Needs: Assess the training requirements of your workforce. Determine which courses or programmes will benefit your employees the most.
  3. Submit Your Application: Complete and submit the funding application form available on the CITB website. Make sure to include all necessary documentation and details about the training.
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Benefits of CITB Funding

  • Skill Enhancement: Equip your workforce with the latest skills and knowledge to stay ahead in the competitive construction industry.
  • Increased Productivity: Well-trained employees work more efficiently, leading to increased productivity and better project outcomes.
  • Career Development: Provide your employees with opportunities for career growth and development, fostering job satisfaction and retention.
  • Cost-Effective Training: Access high-quality training programmes with financial support, reducing the overall cost to your business.
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Join The CITB Employer Network

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enhance your workforce’s skills and streamline your training processes.

Join the CITB Employer Network in your area today and take advantage of simplified access to training, substantial financial benefits, and the chance to shape the future of construction training in your region.

Get in touch with Phoebe for more information.

Email: [email protected]
Call 01623 287830 and then press 1 to speak to Phoebe in the Bookings team.

England

  • Bath & North East Somerset (New)
  • Bristol (New)
  • Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (New)
  • Croydon, Lambeth, Sutton and Merton
  • Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
  • Dorset
  • Dorset (New)
  • Gloucestershire (New)
  • Greater Manchester
  • Heart of the South West - Somerset (New)
  • Lincoln
  • Midlands - Civil engineering only
  • Norfolk
  • North Devon and Exeter (New)
  • South Devon (New)
  • Sunderland, Durham, Hartlepool & Billingham
  • Swindon and Wiltshire (New)


Scotland
• New - Aberdeen city, Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Angus
• New - Highlands, Islands and Argyll
• Inverness - plus civil engineering employers across Scotland


Wales
• New - North and Mid Wales
• South West Wales

Sector specific groups

Sector specific groups have national coverage and currently include:

  • Homebuilding 
  • Plant & Tool Hire
  • Utility Skills
CITB Employer Networks FAQs
What do I need to do to benefit from Employer Networks?
As long as you are registered with CITB, up to date with your levy, and have an Employer Network in your area, you can access & benefit from this service.
Will it cost me anything to join?
Employer Networks are free to join for any levy-registered employer.

The Employer Network steering group made up of CITB employers, staff, and industry specialists, decides how funds are used for the greatest benefit, this includes what training is supported and the level of funding available to members.
Is this only for face-to-face training?
No. The training can be face-to-face (in person or tutor-led online) or e-learning.
Is there a limit to how many Employers can join an Employer Network?
There are no limits whatsoever - as long as employers meet the criteria mentioned above then as many as wish to join, can do so.
Can I belong to a local network group and a sector specific one?
Yes. So long as you are within the local group's area and work in the chosen sector you can belong to both. Sector networks are running until the end of 2024, but after this date the local ENs will cover all of GB.
There is no Employer Network in my area yet – what does that mean for me?
CITB are rolling out all Employer Networks throughout the coming months and by December 2024 CITB will have full GB coverage. Keep checking back to see they are live in your area, or speak to your Adviser about when your EN is due to launch. In the meantime, you can continue accessing grant and other funding support.
I'm a member of a Training Group, can I still access funded training via an EN?

Yes of course; you can continue as a Training Group member and still benefit from ENs. If your Group Training Officer knows your training needs they can pass this straight on to the EN Adviser. Training Groups and ENs will be working closely together to ensure employers receive the best support and access to training to meet their skill needs.

What are some popular Training Courses funded by CITB?
  • Health and Safety Training: Ensure your team is up-to-date with the latest health and safety regulations and practices.
  • Technical Skills Training: Enhance the technical skills of your workforce with specialised courses in areas such as carpentry, bricklaying, and site management.

As part of the network, you can access a wide range of qualifications and courses tailored to your needs:

  • NVQs: From Level 2 to 7 in various construction sectors.
  • Plant Training: Onsite plant training, follow-on NVQs for CSCS Affiliated NPORS cards, and CPCS card upgrades.
  • Site Safety Plus: Remote courses like SSSTS, SMSTS, TWC, TWS, and Directors Role for Health and Safety.
  • Core Construction Training: Delivered at your premises to suit your team's needs
Support and Guidance

We offer a range of support to help you make the most of the funding opportunities available. Get in touch with us to access guidance and expert advice on choosing the right training courses and navigating the application process.

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Take advantage of the CITB Employer Network Construction Training Funding to enhance the skills of your workforce, improve productivity, and secure the future success of your business. Register today and start transforming your team with the training they need.
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