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Apprenticeship Grants

CITB NI has launched a campaign to encourage 100 new apprentices into the local construction industry in an effort to meet a demand and to address the skills shortages in traditional trades such as bricklayers, joiners and roofers.

The initiative comes as factors such as skills shortages and an aging workforce are putting the industry at risk, creating opportunities to encourage growth amongst employers and apprentices within the sector.

Find out more about construction apprentices and the grants available on our short video below.

Find out more on how to claim an apprentice grant by watching our short video below


Information on Apprenticeship NI Providers

Information on all other construction related courses

Please note these lists are not exhaustive contact your local training provider/college for clarification of training offered.

Apprenticeship Grant Rates

From 1 September 2018 the apprentice grant rates will increase 30% please refer to table below for increased grant values;

CITB NI has enhanced apprenticeship grants available to CITB NI registered employers meaning that an employer can gain £5200[i] during the 3 year cycle of training an apprentice plus an additional £1500 from the Department for the Economy for employers who take on apprentices from the very start right through to completion of NVQ Level 2 and 3.

Year 1 Employment Grant £1,300 Running Total
Year 2 Employment Grant £1,300 £2,300
VQ Level 2 Achievement £650 £3,250
Year 3 Employment Grant £650 £3,900
VQ Level 3 Achievement £1,300 £5,200

Click here to visit the CITB NI grants web page were you can apply for an apprenticeship grant.

Useful Resources

CITB NI have published 3 detailed guides to help with all the relevant information relating to apprenticeships. Please download what is relevant to you for the latest information available.

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Employers

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Students

A Guide to Construction Apprenticeships for Parents/Guardians

10 Reasons why you Should Employ an Apprentice


Information for Employers

In addition to CITB NI grants and Government grants there are many other benefits to employing a construction apprentice.

Hiring and recruting of apprentices is generally much cheaper and simplier. Apprentices get access to the latest industry knowledge and technology throughout their training and qualifications and by offering young people apprenticeships businesses get the chance to play an active role in moulding their future workforce and creating the future skills that they need to help their businesses develop.

Download the information flyer which will help you to find out what to do next and how to find an apprentice for your business.


Useful Links

Employers interested in taking on an apprentice can find further information in the Employers Guide to Apprenticeships available on the Department for the Economy website at

Connect to Success NI (

What types of Apprenticeships Exist?

Find Opportunities -  Apprenticeship and school work experience opportunities will be advertised on Connect to Success NI s.

Training - When you start an apprenticeship.Your employer will help you arrange 'off the job' training . Find out who delivers apprenticeship training in your area

[i] Terms and conditions apply