CONSTRUCTION firms are being urged to claim £114 million in training grants available this year from CITB-ConstructionSkills.
Companies of all sizes can claim a share of the cash for training in areas ranging from construction-based programmes to computer skills, accountancy and customer services.
Douglas Matthews, head of finance at CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: 'It's not just for the big firms - recent figures have shown that not investing in training could cost smaller businesses £1,700 a year through materials errors, skills shortages and accidents.'
In 2005 nearly 20,000 firms applied for grants to help with their training costs and gained a share of £107 million.
Details of the grants available can be found at www. citb constructionskills. co. uk/grant.