Course Description

What is a CITB ATO?

CITB is changing the way it supports training for the construction industry. Part of this strategic change is the creation of CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status that is awarded to training providers.

UTN have recently been granted ATO, meaning we have successfully completed CITB’s approval process and are an organisation which provides construction training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry-agreed training standard.

What are the benefits to our customers?

1. We are recognised by CITB as well as the British construction industry as a training provider who can deliver good quality training that meets the industry approved standards

2. We can help those who are looking for CITB grant funded training courses, providing automated grant payments making it easier for you to book courses with us for your staff and be reimbursed for it

Want to find out more about the CITB levy changes?

As from 1st April, CITB will be making changes to its grants scheme to maintain training standards, improve learning outcomes and make it easier for you to access support.

Short duration courses which are focused on key construction skills will be eligible for grant support and primarily paid out on achievement with rates that are affordable to you. What’s more, grant support payments will be automated meaning we take the paperwork off your hands.
Short duration course achievements grants

CITB pay grants for the achievement of approved short duration courses, which last from 3 hours to 29 days, that are focused on the core construction skills needed across the industry.

below you will find the following:

  • Overview
  • Who can claim
  • Which courses are eligible for grant?
  • How much is it?
  • How many claims are allowed?
  • How to claim
  • Have you sent us your bank details?

Courses can be delivered in a number of ways and the industry-accepted methods of delivery are defined within the published course standard, including:
  • classroom
  • e-learning
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning

Who can claim
You can claim if you’re registered with CITB and meet their general grants scheme eligibility requirements. Short duration course achievement grants are available for all directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and all sub-contractors.

Which courses are eligible?
See a full list of courses  :

Please note that the CITB are still developing a full standard for some of these courses on behalf of the construction industry. They have listed the course titles according to the titles of the training standards which are being developed.

In some cases, the training standard title incorporates several individual course titles under a common title. So if at first you can't locate a specific course title, please search for key terms.

Approved courses are provided by CITB Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) who will be listed in the Construction Training Directory.

On August 17 2018, certain course standards will be withdrawn or replaced to align with industry requirements. Occupational Working Groups representing different sectors of the industry have agreed that these course standards are no longer relevant or needed by the sector. Full details of these changes can be found here.

How much is it?
There are three tiers in the grant rate. The tier is determined by the duration and content of the course:
  • tier 1 is £30
  • tier 2 is £70
  • tier 3 is £120

You can find out which grant tier a course has from the approved course list on the CITB website.

They only pay a grant once for each individual per course, unless it’s part of a renewal or refresher process.

Renewal courses
Renewals involve the repetition of a full course.
If the course requires your worker to renew their training after a specified time, you can claim a full grant for it, provided that it’s completed within that time period.
You can only claim once for renewal training within the associated time period.

Refresher courses
Refresher courses update knowledge and understanding in a shorter duration training course than the original, full training course. 

The grant available for Refresher training is 50% of the Tier 1, 2 or 3 rates given for the original full-length course. 

We will support refreshers once a full training standard has been developed and is in place.

How many claims are allowed?
There is a cap on how many claims you can make for short duration achievements in one grants scheme year.

CITB work out this number from your 2017 or 2018 Levy Return, based on how many PAYE employees you have and your sub-contractor wage bill.

CITB add:
  • the number of PAYE employees
  • the number of Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) sub-contractors who you deduct CIS tax from (Net CIS sub-contractors), which we calculate by dividing your total Net CIS wage figure by £36,000 – the average sub-contractor wage based on earnings of £750 per week over 48 weeks

If your Net CIS wage figure is less than £3 million, the CITB use your total CIS (gross and net) wage figure instead, up to a maximum of £3 million.

CITB take the sum of the two figures and multiply it by 3 to get the total cap figure for your entire workforce for the year.

Note: if your cap works out to be less than 21 achievements in a grant year, it will be adjusted up to 21.

How to claim
You should make your claim through your CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO) Skyward Training Limited, supplying them with the relevant details of the person taking the qualification.

When the person has completed the course, the Skyward Training Ltd, will update the Construction Training Register and you should automatically receive the grant payment.

  • If your learner has achieved a CPCS test or a Site Safety Plus course, or you are using an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) within the new Grant Scheme from 1 April 2018, you do not need to make a claim for a short duration course achievement grant. CITB will make automatic payment, if eligible, via Bacs using the data provided when you book the course.

Find out more about how to make a claim for short duration courses and training grants on the CITB website.

Have you sent the CITB your bank details? 
Does the CITB have your bank details so that they can pay out on your grant claim?

Grants are only paid by bank transfer. If they do not hold your current bank details, please complete and submit the secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form to receive grant payments.


Course Dates

April 2018

Skyward Training Ltd Unit 29 Bates Road Harold Wood Essex , RM3 0JH 01 Apr 1 Day 1 Book Now
Grants available against all short duration courses. (3 hours to 29 days)
Current rates are as follows:
Tier 1 is £30
Tier 2 is £70
Tier 3 is £120