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CITB / HBF Non-Construction Training Fund – joint message from the HBF and CITB

Date: 13/06/16

CITB / HBF Non-Construction Training Fund – joint message from the HBF and CITB

We are contacting you to update you on the progress of the special £1 million Non-Construction Training Fund agreed by CITB for HBF members.

We launched the Fund in December last year and it provides enhanced levels of CITB Grant for training for sales and marketing, undergraduate and graduate training for non-construction disciplines and non-construction qualifications. Claims can be made for training undertaken between 1 September 2015 and 31 December this year.

The Fund is proving very popular, particularly so far for sales and marketing training. In view of this we recently sought forecasts from members of their expected level of demand for training grant under the Fund. The overall picture to emerge is that anticipated demand under the Fund may well exceed its capacity and so we have therefore been considering a strategy to ensure as many HBF members as possible are able to benefit from the Fund’s support. We also would like to ensure fair weight can be given to grant claims in respect of all the areas of training covered.

In conjunction with the HBF Careers Committee we considered the position at its meeting last month and agreed that we should look at options for limiting claims to ensure both that Fund money did not run out and that access to the Fund’s support could be widely available to all HBF members for all relevant training. CITB also undertook modelling of possible options for managing the position based on the forecasts received.

Informed by this analysis and the views of the Careers Committee, HBF and CITB have agreed to introduce the following management strategy:

  • A cap of £100,000 on any one company’s claims under the Fund
  • Within this, a cap of £40,000 on claims for sales and marketing training

As the Fund comprises a maximum of £1 million, HBF members with multiple brand names and establishments would be limited to the overall cap of £100,000 as above.

We have agreed to keep the position under review in the light of actual claims and forecasts received and depending on the position later in the year it may be possible to adjust this management strategy at that time. (It should also be noted that the HBF Fund is for enhanced levels of Grant for the “non-construction” training concerned: outside the Fund it would still be possible to claim existing non-enhanced levels of CITB Grant, for example under company Training Plans, for such training.)

For further information on the programme, or details of how to get involved with the initiative, please contact Paul Gaze - Special Projects Manager at CITB, on 07736 383222,

With thanks and best wishes.

John Slaughter


Paul Gaze

HBF Director of External Affairs


CITB Special Projects Manager