Navigating CITB Grants and Funding

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With the help of our team of professionals here at Acadame, harnessing the benefits of CITB Grants and Funding is a seamless journey. As a CITB Site Safety Plus centre, we provide an array of construction training. From NVQs to CSCS cards. We not only aid in claim submissions but also guide businesses on optimizing these grants. In this blog we’ll take a look at the different kinds of funding our team can help you access for your workforce.

CITB Skills and Training Fund

At the forefront of CITB’s initiatives is the flagship Skills and Training Fund, designed for micro, small, and medium-sized construction enterprises with up to 250 employees. This fund consists of financial support reaching up to £25,000, specifically for leadership and management training.

CITB Short Course Grants

CITB’s Short Course Grants focus on approved short qualifications in core construction skills. These efficient courses, often completed within a year, encompass vital skills essential to the industry, with funding up to £240 based on course length and content. These grants financially support employers to develop a well-educated and safe workforce.

CITB Short Qualifications Grants

As the construction industry moves from Industry Accreditation (IA) cards to recognized qualifications like NVQs, CITB rises to the occasion with Short Qualification Grants. This funding provides essential financial aid for an array of NVQs, with grants up to £1,500. Whether it’s skilled qualification NVQs at Level 2 and Level 3 or utilising these grants alongside the Skills & Training Fund, there are many different opportunities. From bricklaying to carpentry, glasswork to plastering, CITB funds can help workers progress their careers in a range of sectors.

To find out more about CITB grants and talk to our team about what funding could be right for your business needs, contact us on 0330 1242165 or email us at

Our Guide to CITB Health, Safety and Environment Tests

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If you’re working within the construction industry, you’ll know just how critically important workplace health and safety is. With each construction site and contained equipment posing numerous risks, including the potential for severe injury and loss of life, each construction worker should have a sound awareness of safe working practices. The CITB Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) Test is a vital requirement for all workers, and forms a key part of the prerequisites to obtain a CSCS card. Here at Acadame, we are proud to be the sole training provider in Stoke-on-Trent offering all pathways to gain a CSCS card, with our CITB approved Internet Test Centre (ITC).

What Does the CITB HS&E Test Involve?

Sometimes referred to as the CITB touch screen test, the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test is completed on a touch screen computer here at our accredited test centre in Stoke. If you are looking to obtain any type of CSCS card, the CITB HS&E test should be taken in order to prove to employers that you are aware of site safety. Consisting of 50 multiple choice questions in total, the test assesses each candidate’s knowledge across topics including health, safety, environmentally safe working practices, and sustainability.

Types of CITB HS&E Tests

There are 3 different types of CITB test that can be taken with Acadame in Stoke:

Operative: The standard HS&E test assesses a basic level of health, safety & environmental awareness and is required when applying for the Green CSCS Labourer card, Red Trainee card, Apprentice card, and the majority of Blue Skilled Worker and Gold Advanced Craft CSCS cards. for a

Manager and Professional: As well as the content on the operatives test, this HS&E test also includes further material relevant to managers and professionals, and is required for those applying for the Black CSCS Managers card and the Academically or Professionally Qualified person card

Specialist: The specialist HS&E assessment tests everything in the operatives test, as well as additional material relating to a specialist construction-related area. These are required when applying for the CSCS Gold Supervisor card, and in some occupations, for the Blue CSCS Skilled Worker and Gold Advanced Craft cards.

Book Your CITB HS&E Test

To book the relevant CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test in Stoke-on-Trent for your needs, view our upcoming courses with Acadame, or speak to our helpful advisors on 0330 1242165 or at

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