The CITB have recently changed their rules regarding their levy scheme- and users are being caught out.

Those who have signed up for, and are part of CITB’s grant scheme, can now only claim money back from training courses held at a training centre that has been awarded an ATO (CITB Approved Training Organisation).

HCS Safety is pleased to announce that we are now an ATO, proving that our teaching reaches an industry recognised standard, as well maintaining our ability to help you claim back as part of the CITB Grant Scheme.

The CITB grants scheme provides grants for employers in the construction industry to train their workers.

You can claim grants if you are an employer registered with CITB and you send a Levy Return by 31 December each year. Small employers that don’t need to pay the levy can still claim grants.

CITB grants are for training and qualifications completed in the grant scheme year (1 April of this year to 31 March of the next year).

You claim grants after your employee finishes their training or gains their qualification. If a course runs over more than one grant scheme year, you make separate claims for each year.

CITB has recently changed the way it supports training for the construction industry, including the introduction of ATOs.

CITB describes an ATO as ‘an organisation which provides construction training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry agreed training standard.’

If you book and complete a CITB course through a company that is not a registered ATO, you will not be able to claim anything back.

For more information or to ensure your places on any of our CITB courses, please contact our training team on 02380 894695.

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