I’m pleased to report that CITB’s Board has now approved the Transition Package for 2017-2018. We have worked closely with employers and Federations on the Package and also kept BIS informed on our plans.
As a reminder, the Transition Package is for employers who will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy and the CITB Levy in 2017/2018. It will be a temporary arrangement through the CITB Grants Scheme which provides these employers an enhanced grant rate to support them to train.
Please click here to view a PDF explaining how it will work, which we will be sharing with Federations to help them communicate it to their members. Over the next few weeks, CITB colleagues will be contacting all employers eligible for the Transition Package, so they are fully aware of what is happening and how they can access the additional funds next year. After that we will use the next few months to communicate the plans to the wider construction industry.
You may also have seen that the Government today published its Skills Plan, which mentions a review of CITB and ECITB. We have had a number of discussions with BIS in recent months about our plans for reforming CITB for the future, and to respond to the recommendations of our last Triennial Review, so this is the next stage of those discussions.
Here are a few monitoring items on the AL. We are still awaiting BIS’ publication of the first batch of funding cap levels.
Price tag for apprenticeships to stop ‘race to bottom’
Apprenticeships will have a minimum price tag attached to them for the first time after the Apprenticeship Levy is introduced. Read more here.
Charity Finance Group calls for Levy delay
The Charity Finance Group has called for the Apprenticeship Levy to be delayed for a year after the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. More here.
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