Despite there being millions of pounds of funding for training, construction companies are failing to take advantage of these grants, according to Kim Bendzak, Managing Director of Apple Construction Training, an accredited, award winning construction training company.
Equipping staff with the right skills is vital for maintaining safety on site as well as ensuring that products and service will be delivered to a standard that can compete with other major builders.
Kim Bendzak, who recently won Most Established Business and Most Inspirational Women Business Owner in Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, provides advice on funding for training.
Firstly, funds are available for a range of skills at all levels including CPCS, NVQ or apprenticeships. For a limited time, Construction Plant Competence Schemes (CPCS) have enhanced the NVQ grants available for LEVY payers.
Companies with a CITB-ConstructionSkills Levy number can increase Level 2 Plant NVQ Achievement Grant to £610 per person to up-skill from a red to a blue CPCS card. CPCS is still funding the three plant categories – A, B & C plant – for CPCS tests at £480, £300 and £250. Appointed Person – Lifting Operations Achievement Grant has increased to £650 per person.
Furthermore, there is funding for young and mature apprentices. Your training provider should help to get apprentices qualified for free. Find an accredited training provider that can tap into grants and funds as well as offer further money off. Apple Construction Training offer an extra £500 on top of the CPCS grants (funding eligibility checks apply).
Finally, use an accredited training provider that’s flexible enough to train you and your workers anywhere. Ensure that the training they provide is of a high standard. Otherwise, you may have to repeat the training – costing money and time – and you could be risking the safety of your plant.