Small and medium sized businesses based in the local authority postcode areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York may be eligible for grant funding known as the ‘Apprenticeship Grant for Employers’ when they recruit an apprentice.
A grant of £1,200 is available to businesses that meet core grant eligibility criteria, and a further £800 ‘top-up’ is available to businesses that offer additional incentives. The full list of eligibility criteria can be found below.
Grants are available for each apprentice recruited, up to a maximum of three apprentices per qualifying business. This means that depending on the level of grant sought and the number of apprentices recruited, businesses could receive up to £6,000 through this scheme. Grants will be offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, subject to funding availability and confirmation of eligibility.
Am I eligible?
Core grant (where apprentices start their learning between 1 January and 31 July 2017)
A core grant of £1,200 is available to businesses that meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Employ 249 or fewer employees
- Have never offered an apprenticeship before, or
- Have offered apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds since September 2010, have benefitted from government (Skills Funding Agency) apprenticeship funding for training an apprentice and can evidence that they have given a permanent contract of employment to at least one of these previous apprentices following the completion of their apprenticeship
- Recruit an apprentice that is aged 16 – 24 years old that started their apprenticeship training between 1 January and 31 July 2017
- Are based in one of the following local authority areas:
A ‘top-up’ grant of £800 is available to businesses that meet all core criteria and do one or more of the following:
- Recruit an apprentice at an advanced or higher level
- Recruit an apprentice in one of the following priority subject sector (framework) areas:
- Construction, planning and the built environment
- Engineering and manufacturing technologies
- Information and communications technology
- Science and mathematics
- Pay the apprentice the living wage, or as a minimum the national minimum wage for the age of the apprentice
How to apply
Training providers must start the application process on behalf of the eligible business by completing an online registration form. Registrations for apprentices starting their learning between 1 January and 31 July 2017 should be completed as soon as the apprentice starts their learning and no later than 4 August 2017.
Regrettably, registrations made after the cut-off date cannot be processed.
What is the payment process?
Businesses will be informed by email if initial eligibility is approved and will be asked to provide some further information and evidence to ensure the grant can be paid. An apprentice must have been in training for 13 weeks and all relevant information and paperwork must have been provided and completed by the provider and business before the grant can be awarded.
The grant will be paid directly to the business a minimum of 8 weeks after the apprentice has been in training for 13 weeks and after we have received all relevant paperwork and evidence.
Further details about the programme and the application process can be found in the briefing sheets in the ‘Useful documents’ section below. If after reading the documents you have any further questions, please contact AGE@the-lep.com or call our apprenticeship grant team on 0113 3481823.
If you’re a business and would like more general information about apprenticeships and how they could work in your businesses, pleasw contact our business growth team on 0113 3481818 or email BusinessGrowth@the-lep.com.
Where apprentices start their learning between 1 January and 31 July 2017:
- Briefing document for employers - download
- Briefing document for training providers - download
- Frequently Asked Questions - download (updated 03.01.17)
The LEP has received control of the ‘Apprenticeship Grant for Employers’ through its devolution agreement with government for businesses in West Yorkshire and York.
Businesses eligible for the LEP apprenticeship grant will not be able to apply for funding through the national apprenticeship grant scheme. The LEP is working closely with the Skills Funding Agency to make sure that the process for claiming grants is consistent with the national apprenticeship grant process.