Funding for Employers

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24- year-olds supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

Which employers are eligible?

To be eligible you must:

  •  confirm that you are not able to recruit an apprentice without the Grant
  •  have fewer than 50 employees in the United Kingdom, as recorded by the Employer Data Service (EDS)
  •  not have had an employee start an apprenticeship in the 12- month period before the start date of the first apprentice for whom you apply for the Grant*
  •  if you are eligible, you can claim up to 5 Grants during the time the Grant is available
  •  please note you do not have to wait 12 months between the first and any subsequent applications
  •  only one Grant will be paid per employer for any particular individual
  •  commit to employ your apprentice(s) for a minimum of 12 months on the apprenticeship programme or the time it takes them to complete their apprenticeship, whichever is the greater
  •  confirm you are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules by receiving the Grant
  •  agree to pay the apprentice in line with legal minimum requirements or more

Which apprentices qualify?

Our aim is to support employers to create new jobs and recruit new 16- to 24-year-olds. Eligible employers who want to access the Grant should note that apprentices must be:

  • new recruits
  • aged 16 to 24, on the start date

Funding for the Individual

Apprenticeships:

An employer pays for the salary of the apprentice. Skills Funding Agency funds for the training provision.

Apprentices aged 16-18 years

The full cost of the delivery of the Apprenticeship are met by the Skills Funding Agency for apprentices aged 16-18 years and the employer should not be asked to make any contribution.

Apprentices aged 19+

For an apprentice aged 19 – 23, the employer may be asked to make a financial contribution. If a contribution is required, this will be determined by Activfirst.

Short courses:

From time to time, funding pots will become available for individual courses. Please check our blog and twitter feeds regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on these offers.