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Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds

The Apprenticeships 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 16-24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.


We will offer the grant to those employers who are eligible to receive it. You can receive up to 5 grants in total; each one is work £1,500. Please check below whether or not you are eligible to receive the Grant and whicvh apprentices qualify for it.


The Grant has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by emplyijng an apprentice. The Grant is available for apprenticeship starts up to and including 31 December 2015, subject to eligibility. Could it help you too?

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

  • Enrolled on an Apprenticeship framework recognised by the Skills Funding Agency

  • Live in England

  • Not taking part in full time education


Existing employees do not attract the Grant except where AGE 16-24 provides an incentive for you to provide an existing part-time employee aged 16-24 (contracted to work fewer than 20 hours each week) with a new full-time apprenticeship job role (minimum of 30 Hours per week)


When does an employer receive payment?


Eligible employers qualify to receive payment of AGE 16 to 24, value £1,500 once a qualifying apprentice has completed 13 weeks 'in-learning' on their apprenticeship programme; as defined by the Skills Funding Agency's programme funding rules. It may take up to 9 weeks after the 13 week qualification point for the funds to be processed and transferred.


Payment is in the form of a grant and is therefore exempt from VAT.



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