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Courses covered by the training grants

Grant support is available for a range of training activities. The ECITB prioritises funding for training that improves the productivity and safety of the engineering construction workforce and also training that develops skills that are transferrable across industry.  These include:

Craft/technician skills

(e.g. Mechanical Joint Integrity)

Safety training

(excludes CCNSG Safety Passport)

Leadership, management and supervisory development

Competence assurance

(e.g. vocational qualifications and technical tests)

Contractual requirement

(e.g. works access and plant operations)

Project management, project controls and commercial awareness

Apprentice support

Graduate Development Grants

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Training courses, such as safety passports required to gain access to sites and to ensure a worker can travel overseas, are excluded from grant support. These include CCNSG, CSCS, BOSIET and MIST.

Who is eligible for grant support?

All in-scope engineering construction companies are eligible for training grants, whether they pay the training levy or not.

The levy contribution or size of a company has no bearing on the decision to award a grant. Small and medium-sized companies may be exempt from levy payments but are eligible to receive training grants.

The ECITB can also award grants to employers, training providers, individuals and other institutions that are not in-scope, but are part of the engineering construction industry.

Process for grant funding

  • The ECITB must approve funding for training before the activity takes place. There is a risk the grant will not be paid if an employer does not seek a commitment for funding in advance.
  • Apply for grant funding either via an ECITB Approved Training Provider or directly through the ECITB’s online portal.
  • Employers should make their claim for grant funding as soon as possible after the training has taken place. All grant claims are paid after evidence that the training has taken place is submitted to the ECITB. Types of evidence include attendance sheets and certificates. The ECITB aims to pay the grant within six weeks, subject to the submission of evidence.

If you wish to apply for grant funding via the online portal but are not already registered on this please email:

Does the training grant cover the full cost of training?

The grant rate paid by the ECITB is determined by:

  • The value for money offered by the training activity
  • The training fee levels set by the third party provider
  • The desirability of particular training courses for industry

This means a grant payment may not cover the whole cost of a training course. The ECITB reviews the training market and adjusts grant rates as and when necessary.


Further information

 ECITB’s Grant Policy


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