It’s won’t come as headline news to anyone in the building industry that economic conditions are currently a little tough at the moment.

Brexit uncertainty, worker shortages, environmental pressures and increasing regulation are just some of the reasons being given for the slowdown within the sector.

So, how about some GOOD news?

The Construction Industry Training board (CITB) has launched an awareness campaign to alert building companies that employ fewer than 100 people that they can apply for grants of up to £10,000 from the CITB’s Skills and Training Fund to help upskill their workforce.

A recent report in Construction Enquirer magazine helped to highlight the scheme, pointing out that many contractors were not aware of its existence.

Under the initiative, building companies who provide day-to-day training for their employees can apply for financial assistance. The cash can be used to fund:

• Short course grants

• Qualification grants

• Apprenticeships grants

Given that there is currently a skills shortage within the industry, this couldn’t come at a better time.