Construction training gets a £1.2m boost

The CITB NI Training Grant Scheme offers support to a wide range of training and qualifications from apprentices through to the support staff in management and administration. The 2015/2016 scheme forms a key element of the provision for businesses and offers an economic incentive to train and have a positive impact on the industry.

The scheme is structured into 3 Tiers focusing on employers, industry and training that can be facilitated by the organisation The grant application process for Tier 1 has is simple and offers further flexibility to claim whilst you train. In a move to help employers maximise their grant claims an additional 2.5% can be earned by claiming online.

Launching the 2015/16 scheme, Barry Neilson, CITB NI Chief Executive, said, “Our Grant scheme is recognised within the industry which allows organisations train their staff and be suitably skilled to work on key projects.

“Our aim is to develop a qualified and competent workforce within the NI construction industry and to help encourage and support training to ensure the right skills in the right place at the right time.”

CITB NI is also hosting a series of business improvement events to help develop commercial, management and sustainability skills within local construction companies while also development a new leadership programme.

The business improvement events will run from October to June focusing on topics such as Business Information Modelling, Credit Control, Waste Management and Tendering all led by an industry expert (a link to dates and venues is listed below).

CITB NI has also been working with the construction industry to develop a leadership programme, ‘Leader in Construction’, for emerging leaders in the local construction industry.

This substantially-funded pilot leadership development programme is suitable for those next in line for a senior management position, or with the potential to become senior managers, within local NI construction businesses. No formal qualifications are required for entry and the programme is designed to be equally suitable for high potential candidates from both large organisations and family businesses.

Participants will develop the ability to deliver improved results, respond strategically to an ever-changing environment, manage significant budgets and complex projects. They will create a plan for their future career and for the businesses they operate in.

For further information on CITB NI Grants visit or contact a member of the Grants team – telephone 028 9082 5466 or e-mail For details on the Leader in Construction programme or to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that exist,

e-mail Finally, for details of the business improvement events, including topics and venues, visit