Higher apprenticeships grants

We pay grants for attendance and achievement on approved higher apprenticeships, specifically:

  • Off-the-job attendance with an approved higher apprenticeship provider.
  • Achievement of a higher apprenticeship framework, including advanced, graduate and higher apprenticeship frameworks.
  • Achievement of an End Point Assessment (EPA) of a new higher apprenticeship standard (England only).

You can apply for grants for individuals on approved higher apprenticeships in:

England and Wales

  • Levels 4 (higher) and above higher apprenticeship frameworks and standards in England and Wales, lasting between 1 and 6 years.

See which courses are eligible for grant in England and Wales

Scotland

  • Scottish Professional Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 9 & 11 lasting between 1 & 2 years. 
  • Graduate Level Apprenticeships at SCQF Levels 8 & 10, lasting between 1 and 6 years

See which courses are eligible for grant in Scotland

You can apply for grants if you’re registered with us and meet our general Grants Scheme terms and conditions and meet the specific requirements for these grants. These grants support directly employed staff on the payroll. Apprenticeship grants are not available for subcontractors. 

You must also be using approved training and higher apprenticeship providers. Please refer to the appropriate apprenticeship frameworks below for details.

What you must do

You must:

  • Offer the full work experience required by the apprenticeship or associated VQ in compliance with the relevant Apprenticeship funding rules in English, Scotalnd or Wales.
  • Equip your apprentice with appropriate tools and personal protective equipment.
  • Give your apprentice access to the support and guidance needed.
  • Pay your apprentice an appropriate wage, agreed by both of you.
  • Inform us immediately if your apprentice leaves the training programme or your employment.

For further information about paying your apprentice, you can:

We may reduce, withhold or reclaim grants if we are not satisfied that adequate training has been or is being provided. We will take action to recover overpayments if you fail to inform us promptly about changes in your apprentice’s circumstances.

Which courses are eligible?

For the higher apprenticeships this grant supports see the specific pages for England and Wales or Scotland.

You must also use an approved higher apprenticeship provider that:

If you do not see a higher apprenticeship in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete the online form to suggest it for consideration.

For a higher apprenticeship at Level 4 and above (SCQF Levels 8 and above), you’ll need to download, save and complete the higher apprenticeship application form (excel 81KB), and ensure you complete all sections.

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You must provide supporting evidence from your college or training provider with your application. The evidence must show:

  • The full title of the higher apprenticeship framework or standard
  • The name of the higher apprentice
  • The college start date

Acceptable supporting evidence includes an apprenticeship agreement from the college or training provider or all the required information on headed paper from the college or included in an email from the college or training provider (an email address ending .ac.uk). Evidence directly from an employer, certificates or unit credit reports are not acceptable evidence. 

Send your complete application form and supporting evidence to customer.servicesYNET@citb.co.uk.

As long as we receive the correct paperwork within 20 weeks of the start of the apprenticeship, we will begin making your grant payments, backdated to this start date.

We will send you an application form every 13 weeks to confirm that your apprentice is still in training and employment. You must make the confirmation within 3 months of the application form issue date to continue to receive payments.

Late submissions

If you don't submit your paperwork within 20 weeks of the start date of the apprenticeship, we won't backdate payments to the start date of the apprenticeship. We only make attendance grant payments backdated to the date on which we receive your paperwork.

Achievement grants

You should receive an application form for achievement grant, which is available when your apprentice successfully completes an advanced or higher apprenticeship framework or EPA.

You should confirm the application within 3 months of its issue to receive the achievement grant.

If you don’t receive an application form within 1 month of the achievement date, complete the form below.

If your higher apprentice completes the framework or EPA early, we will pay any remaining attendance grant which falls within the same Grants Scheme year as the achievement date.

Second apprenticeships

You may apply for grant for up to two apprenticeships per level per apprentice, if:

  • the apprentice takes on a second apprenticeship in a different occupation or trade, or
  • the apprentice progresses to another level within the same occupation or trade.

Other grants

While you receive a higher apprenticeship grant you can’t apply for any other grants for the same apprentice, except for short course achievements and plant qualifications which are necessary, appropriate and not included within the apprenticeship.

You must meet the cost of other additional training.

Grant rates depend on the higher apprenticeship type and the duration of the course. 

Rates are fixed for the duration of the higher apprenticeship as given in the Grants Scheme year the apprenticeship starts, even if they change in later Grants Scheme years.

Programmes under the new higher apprenticeship standards may vary in length, so attendance grants are prorated based on their duration.

From the 1 April 2019 new higher apprentices will be entitled to the grant rates detailed below:

£2,500 for each year of attendance on a higher apprenticeship. 

£3,500 for achievement of a higher apprentice framework or EPA. 

  • For example, the total payment for a 2-year higher apprenticeship would be £8,500
    (2 x £2,500 + £3,500).
  • The total payment for a 4-year higher apprenticeship would be £13,500
    (4 x £2,500 + £3,500). 

 

Only apprentices starting their higher apprenticeship with their provider after 1 April 2019 will be eligible for the newly increased payment rates.

The achievement grant of £3,500 will be paid to all higher apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.

See Apprenticeships for England and Wales for the apprenticeships this grant will support.

See Apprenticeships for Scotland for the apprenticeships this grant will support.

If you do not see a higher apprenticeship in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.

Payment of grants

You will be eligible for attendance grants once your higher apprentice has completed 13 weeks of continuous contracted employment.

For information on how we pay Higher apprenticeship grants, please refer to How to apply above.

Change of employers

If a higher apprentice changes employers during their apprenticeship, attendance and achievement grants will be paid pro-rata according to the proportion of the total training package completed with each employer.

Registrations before 1 April 2019

We will continue to make payments at the appropriate rate for the remainder of the programme for higher apprentices who started their training and registered for grant support before the start of the 2019/2020 Grants Scheme year (1 April 2019).

The current rate before the 1 April 2019 for each year of attendance on a higher apprenticeship is £1,125

The current rate for a higher apprentice framework achievement or EPA is £3,125

  • For example, the total payment for a 2-year higher apprenticeship would be £5,375
    (2 x £1,125 + £3,125).
  • The total payment for a 4-year higher apprenticeship would be £7,625
    (4 x £1,125 + £3,125). 

The same applies to apprentices who:

  • qualified for Enhanced Apprenticeship Support (formerly known as Supplementary Payment), and
  • started training and registered for grant support before 1 April 2019.

The new achievement grant of £3500 will be paid to all apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.

Apprenticeship frameworks are primarily centered on the achievement of qualifications, such as NVQ, SVQ or BTEC qualifications. 

Apprentices are assessed throughout their apprenticeship and gain a certain number of specified qualifications before they achieve that framework.

In England, apprenticeship frameworks are gradually being replaced by new apprenticeships standards, in a process which is due to be complete in 2020.

Approved training for higher apprenticeships Levels 4 and above in England and Wales and SCQF Levels 7 to 11 in Scotland

Your apprentice must be on an appropriate construction-related course, approved by:

Approved apprenticeship providers 

You must also use an approved apprenticeship provider that: