The Construction Industry Training Board has provided funding to a record number of small and micro construction firms (CITB).
All 60 SMEs who were eligible for funding had their bids approved in the most recent round of successful applicants for the Skills and Training Fund, including four who had previously had bids rejected.
The fund, which is part of the CITB’s Flexible Fund, provides grants of up to £5,000 to levy payers with fewer than 50 employees to help them provide skills and training to their workforce. To date, 104 successful applicants have received funding totaling £442,268.
It was the first time seven firms had applied for funding, having only recently registered with CITB. Newly registered businesses can apply for the Skills and Training Fund and Apprenticeships as soon as they are registered.
Despite being levy payers for some time, three of the firms – Skippy Construction, R J Cadman, and R J H Homes – were claiming CITB funding for the first time.
Fourply Construction, a Glasgow-based property maintenance company, was one of the successful bidders and will receive £5,000 in CITB funding. The funds will be used to fund a business improvement training programme for 16 employees.
“I can’t thank CITB enough,” said Alan Morris, director of Fourply Constructions. I found the application process to be simple and straightforward, and the phone support I received was excellent.
“They assisted me and kept me updated every step of the way.” The funds will make a significant difference in the company.” [Click here to tweet]
Other successful firms include W L Straughan and Son of Northumberland, which specialises in outdoor maintenance and landscaping and will receive £4633.
The company’s director is about to retire, so the funds will be used to fund a succession planning training programme for employees to learn how to successfully take over the business.
Paul Ennis Construction Services, a Southport-based chartered surveyor, will receive £5,000 in funding for a project that will provide leadership training to eight staff members.
Sangwin, a Hull-based education furniture company, will also receive $5,000. The funding will cover the cost of an introductory BIM course for 35 employees, ensuring that everyone understands what BIM is, why it is being implemented, and what benefits this technology offers.
“It’s fantastic to see so many firms looking to CITB to help them improve their business by providing their staff with the skills and training they need,” said Geeta Nathan, CITB’s head of economic analysis.
“With our streamlined funding process and support staff eager to assist you at every step of the way, I encourage even more firms to apply for funding when the next round opens later this month.”