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Message to HBF members on the "Non-construction training fund"

Date: 10/03/16

Message to HBF members on the "Non-construction training fund"

Dear All,

HBF “Non-construction training fund” 

I am writing to remind you of the new £1m training fund for HBF members for training of non-construction employees that we launched in December.

The new fund is being made available by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) exclusively to HBF members in response to our request on behalf of members that CITB should improve the level of Grant for training in non-core construction roles and disciplines which are frequently found in home building.

Specifically, the fund supports:

  • Training of employees on sales and marketing courses, up to a maximum of 10 days at £100 per person per day.
  • Training of non-construction under graduates, up to a maximum of 240 days at £30 per person per day.
  • Training of non-construction graduate scheme participants, up to a maximum of 35 days at £100 per person per day.
  • Achievement of non-construction qualifications, at £750 per achievement.  The qualifications must be management, technical or professional qualifications such as a Marketing degree, or Cert IPD. (NOTE: this funding will not support achievement of NVQs as this can be claimed already through the main CITB Grant Scheme.)

The start date for eligible training that can be claimed for under the new £1m HBF fund is being back-dated to 1 September 2015, with eligible training up to 31 December 2016 being covered.

The support provided reflects advice from our members on what they would find helpful, so please do make use of the fund which is operating on a first come, first served basis.

Forecasting take up of the fund 

We would also be grateful if you could assist us and CITB in managing the allocation of grants through the fund by sending  us in confidence an indicative forecast of what you might anticipate claiming during the period of its operation. The following link: please click here; will take you to a simple spreadsheet on the HBF website through which you can enter your working forecast of your likely level of use of the fund. We will fully respect confidentiality on your forecast and then aggregate members’ individual forecasts to provide a global collective estimate of likely take up of the various eligible grants so that we can help ensure that it is working in the right way to meet requirements.  


With thanks for your help.

John Slaughter 

Director of External Affairs