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The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24- year-olds

(AGE 16 to 24) 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.

We will offer the Grant to those employers who are eligible to receive it. You can receive up to 10 grants in total; each one is worth £1,500. Please check below whether or not you are eligible to receive the grant and which apprentices qualify for it. The grant has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. The grant is available until 31 December 2017, subject to eligibility and availability. 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 1,000 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 applied for the grant. * If you are eligible, you can claim up to 10 grants during the time the grant is on offer. Please note you do not have to wait 12 months between the first and any subsequent applications.
  • 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.

* Apprenticeship start dates are taken from the Individual Learning Records submitted by training organisations to the Skills Funding Agency. Taking into account starts by: existing employees and apprentices transferring from another employer; regardless of the apprentice’s age; or whether the grant was claimed for them.

If you have been working with a training organisation recently, then you should check whether they have accessed apprenticeship programme funding for learning they have provided to you. We would strongly urge you to do this if any of your employees have undertaken work-based learning such as NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) or Diplomas.

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 and recorded on the Individual Learning Record submitted by your training organisation; that is, not just 13 weeks in employment.

The Skills Funding Agency will transfer age 16 to 24 funds to your training organisation. It may take up to nine weeks after the 13 week qualification point for the funds to be processed and transferred. They must make arrangements to pay the funds to you within 30 days of receipt.

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

If your apprentice leaves or is dismissed before completing 13 weeks ‘in-learning’ as defined above. You will not receive payment for the grant, even if they completed 13 weeks in employment.

If your apprentice leaves or is dismissed after completing 13 weeks ‘in-learning,’ your entitlement to the grant remains. As defined in the age 16 to 24 employer agreements, you are expected to provide on going employment to your apprentice(s), subject to satisfactory performance as an employee.

Which apprentices qualify?

The aim of this grant 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 recorded on the Individual Learning Record submitted by your training organisation to the Skills Funding Agency.
  • Enrolled on an apprenticeship programme recognised by the Skills Funding Agency.
  • Live in England.
  • Not already taking part in full-time education.

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

An employer drawing down funds through DWPs Youth Contract incentive to support the work programme is not eligible to claim support through age 16 to 24 for the same person.

How do employers apply?

You must complete and sign an age 16 to 24 employer agreement with your chosen training organisation, to confirm your eligibility, before your apprentice(s) starts. You must provide an indication of how many apprentices you plan to recruit, with the support of the grant with that particular training organisation; (this can be updated). Only Skills Funding Agency approved training organisations can submit applications for the grant to us.

National Safety Training are Approved with the Skills Funding Agency to deliver funded training. Call our employer support team today on 01482 644855.


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