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Carillion given CITB's biggest grant in 2017

Carillion received more CITB training grant funds than any other company in the 15 months to March, the training body’s latest accounts have revealed.

In total, Carillion received £7.29m of grant funding in 2017 – £0.6m more than second-placed Kier and £2.3m more than the third-biggest recipient Laing O’Rourke (see table).

The CITB noted that the money given to Carillion covered the 12 months up until its liquidation in January.

The collapsed contractor’s payments were split between a £5m grant to CITC, Carillion’s agency providing construction skills training, while other parts of the business received £2.24m.

In addition to its contracting arm, Carillion had a training department called Carillion Training Services which provided training for those working for the group as well as those outside the company.

Carillion had more than 1,148 apprentices at the time of its collapse in January.

According to the report, the CITB has now found employment for 775 of these apprentices.

Other major recipients of CITB grant funding included Balfour Beatty, which received £4.4m, Royal Bam Group on £4m and Barratt Developments with £3.9m.

In total, the top 15 recipients were granted £54m of the total of £248.4m given by the CITB to the industry in 2017/18.

Across the year, the CITB said it helped 10,000 employers to provide nearly 30,000 apprentices, with more than 19,600 being trained directly through the CITB apprenticeship system.

The CITB supported more than 1.2m days of training, while it also provided £24.8m to support 1,200 applicants on employer-led training programmes.

The training body also reported providing a £41.7m “transition package” for companies that had to pay both the government’s apprenticeship levy and the CITB training levy.

CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said:  “The figure reported in our Annual Review for 2017-18 as being paid to Carillion – a significant levy payer - is broken down into two separate entities, Carillion CITC and other.

”CITC received the majority of funding from CITB as it was a major trainer of apprentices.

“The other, smaller sum was paid to Carillion via CITB’s grant funding. This figure was granted under the CITB funding process which is fair and robust, and is in line with other major levy-paying contractors.”

CITB grant: Top 15 payments in the 15 months to 31 March 2018

RecipientGrant funding
Carillion £7.3m
Kier Group £6.7m
O’Rourke Investments £5.0m
Balfour Beatty £4.4m
Royal Bam Group £4.0m
Barratt Developments £3.9m
Mitie Group £3.4m
Skanska UK £3.2m
Vinci £2.7m
Mears Group £2.6m
Galliford Try £2.4m
Morgan Sindall Group £2.3m
Taylor Wimpey £2.1m
Persimmon £2.1m
University of Wales £2.0m
Other recipients £185.9m
TOTAL PAID OR OFFSET IN THE YEAR £239.8m
Less: provisions and accruals brought forward (£44.8m)
Add: provisions and accruals for further payments £53.4m
TOTAL GRANT FUNDING £248.4m

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