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CITB is introducing a new commission which will fund projects intended to give construction leaders skills to drive digital transformation.  

We are inviting bids for funds to develop initiatives to help construction leaders implement digital transformation. If you have digital business change expertise you can make a bid for CITB funds. There is also the option to partner, but not lead a project.  

Construction companies need to become “digital organisations”. The people who will change the face of construction need to be able to recognise the opportunity and unlock the potential that digital transformation brings. This commission is the first of three initiatives to help the industry embrace digital change.  

£1million is available to invest in a range of projects within this theme. CITB will fund up to 70% of the total value of the project.  

We would like to invite you to a webinar to give you chance to hear more about the commission, the challenges facing industry, the options for leading or partnering in a project, what this brings to industry and how you can prepare your application:

Date: Tuesday 30 April

Time: 10:30

Link to register attendance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-leadership-commission-webinars-tickets-59538274582

Link to webinar: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/citb.co.uk/012b2442cc194a33959464ecd8c4b46e  


Date: Tuesday 30 April

Time: 14:30

Link to register attendance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-leadership-commission-webinars-tickets-59538545392

Link to webinar: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/citb.co.uk/614620736d414d2e9f05dd1c97bfdcb1  


Date: Thursday 02 May

Time: 10:30

Link to register attendance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-leadership-commission-webinars-tickets-59538805169

Link to webinar: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/citb.co.uk/dd2bad7cc24d437481564719db94743b  


Date: Thursday 02 May

Time: 14:30

Link to register attendance: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-leadership-commission-webinars-tickets-59539265546

Link to webinar: https://join-emea.broadcast.skype.com/citb.co.uk/ef00dd037f5c4afb949a51de088a3ef7


Key Dates

23 April 2019 – window opens for expressions of interest

18 June 2019 – window for expressions of interest closes

02 July 2019 – deadline to submit applications


Research Reports

Unlocking construction’s digital future: a skills plan for industry

Evolution or revolution


CITB Apprenticeship grants increase

Today CITB is announcing a major investment to help employers with the cost of taking on apprentices.

From 1 April, CITB Attendance Grants will increase to £2,500 per year, to help employers with the costs of providing high-quality apprenticeships. CITB Achievement Grants will rise to £3,500 for employers whose apprentice successfully completes their training. This means construction employers can receive up to £14,500 for each apprentice they take on - an increase of over 30%.

Apprenticeships are critical to our industry and its future. CITB’s decision to increase apprenticeship grants for employers is to help respond to falling construction apprenticeship numbers, especially at a time when the industry needs to fill 168,500 new jobs over the next five years.


A number of reasons account for this decline. Employers are adjusting to the new apprenticeship reforms, including the Apprenticeship Levy. The economy has slowed down. Concerns around Brexit are weighing on clients and investors, creating a knock-on effect on contractors and their ability to take on apprentices. Yet as an industry we need to grow more of our own talent as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

The new grant rates will be welcome news for employers who have seen increases in the day-to-day costs of apprenticeships over recent years. The grants will also provide an incentive to ensure apprentice complete their courses and remain within the industry. The announcement follows extensive consultation with employers nationwide in the form of discussions, online surveys and feedback from events.

For your further information, I have attached the press release we will issue today to announce the grant increases. Look out for a copy of an email that we will send to levy registered employers to raise awareness of the increases. This will be sent to you separately today to enable you to raise awareness of the uplift with your members.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further information. 

Kind regards


Steve Radley

Director of Policy                                 

Press Release: CITB announces major boost to employer funding for construction apprenticeships - 7 March 2019


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