Employer development grant

We offer employers within the construction industry access to study programmes that will help them develop and grow their business. We believe this support will help employers run successful long-term businesses, better placing them to provide ongoing investment in training and employment within New Zealand’s construction industry.

Applications are currently closed.

Employer development grant

How many grants are available?

Thirty (30) grants are available in 2020. You can only be awarded an Employer Development Grant once.

How much are the grants worth?

Each grant is for $3,000 incl GST (if applicable).

Who is eligible?

Any employer of a current BCITO apprentice/learner may apply. This also includes supervisors and managers of an employing company. 

You must have a current apprentice at the time of your application and at the time your grant is claimed.

Apprentices must be salaried employees.

What can the grants be used for?

You can select any training or development assistance which best suits your personal or business development needs. Some examples include:

  • BCITO courses such as Site Supervisor or Diploma in Construction Management
  • consultation with a business advisor
  • short courses or seminars on small business management, estimating or contract management
  • higher-level business-related qualifications

Speak to your local BCITO Training Advisor to find out more about what BCITO courses are available for you and your business.

This grant cannot be used to subsidise wages.

How do you apply?

Applications can be made by completing and submitting the BCITO Employer Development Grant Application, along with a portfolio of information. Your portfolio should include:

  • evidence of your current situation including how you are committed to training
  • an explanation of how this grant will help you reach your career and business goals including the benefit the grant will bring to your business
  • a description of what you will specifically use the grant for
  • details of your nominated bank account (in the case of a successful grant application, this is where funds will be deposited)

You can get an application form from your local BCITO Training Advisor.

When can applications be made?

Applications will be open

  • from Monday 23 March 2020 through to Friday 17 April 2020; and
  • from Monday 14 September 2020 through to Friday 9 October 2020.

How will applications be considered?

All applications will be considered by a member of BCITO’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). ELT may request additional information from you or your Training Advisor. Successful applicants will demonstrate how well the intended use of the funds, meets the purpose of the grant/scholarship. All decisions made will be final.

How and when will applicants be notified?

We'll notify you whether your application has been successful or not by mail or phone within one month of the BCITO ELT meeting, held immediately after applications close. Your Training Advisor or Business Development Advisor will also be notified. 

If you are awarded a grant your name will be published in BC News, you must also be available for media interview if required.

How do successful applicants receive funds?

If you are using this grant to pay for BCITO training fees, we will retain the funds, which means you won't receive an invoice from us for $3,000 worth of training.

For costs incurred from any other supplier, payment will be made direct to your specified bank account.

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