Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme – what is it and how can it help your business?
Taking on an apprentice can provide a valuable boost to your business – a staff member trained in your organisation from day one. But if you’re worried about the costs, help is at hand.
Small or medium-sized businesses based in the local authority postcode areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York can apply for funding through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (LEP AGE).
This is managed at a local level so that the grants and eligibility criteria can be tailored to meet the priorities and needs of businesses in West Yorkshire and York.
The grants are for up to £2,000 for each apprentice aged 16-24, up to a maximum of three apprentices.
These will be paid directly to your business, but you will need to talk to a training provider such as CMS Vocational Training in order to get the application process started.
Apprenticeship Grant essential information
Apprentice age: 16-24
Grant allowance: £1,200 per apprentice for businesses meeting core eligibility criteria, plus an £800 top-up grant when offering additional incentives.
Number of apprentices per business: up to three
Size of business: employing 249 or fewer employees
Other criteria: your business should not have taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months
There are various ways your business can be eligible for the top-up grant: these include recruiting an apprentice at an advanced level or in a priority subject sector area, such as construction or IT, or paying your apprentice the living wage.
Why you should apply now
The scheme is for apprentices who start their training between 1 August and 31 December 2015 and operates on a “first come, first served” basis. So don’t put off your decision for too long, as you may miss out.
How to apply
You can find out more by contacting CMS Vocational Training on 01924 470 477 and one of our staff will be happy to help.
Employers are required to register their interest with CMS via the online registration form.
Very Important Information for a Successful Application
(PLEASE NOTE: CMS will register your interest in the AGE Grant)
- Employers applying for the grant with CMS as the training provider are required to state ‘WYLP (CMS Vocational Training Ltd)‘ as the training provider / organisation and the contact e-mail as email@example.com
- Use the post code checker on the Direct.gov.uk website to verify if the business is within the LEP AGE location eligibility area. Some of Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and York postcodes fall outside of the Leeds City Region area and may not be eligible for the grant.
- An employer only needs to register once, even if they have appointed several apprentices or have taken on an additional apprentice after the initial registration. The LEP apprenticeship grant team will pick up the number of apprentices employed by the businesses through Skills Funding Agency (SFA).
- If you have made a mistake, do not attempt to correct it by completing another online registration form. Please email the LEP at firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name of the business and the nature of the error and the LEP apprenticeship grant team will amend the registration on your behalf.
- If you are a business that has multiple sites, please double-check that the combined size of the business/number of employees meets the apprenticeship grant eligibility criteria of fewer than 250 employees.
- The application process and the timescales of the process can be viewed on the business and training provider briefing sheets.
- Employers only become fully eligible for the apprenticeship grant once an apprentice has been employed by the business for 13 weeks. The LEP apprenticeship grant team can only issue a grant after they have received some evidence of this from employers which will be requested by the LEP at the appropriate time. The LEP anticipate first payments will be processed in December 2015 and will be paid on a monthly basis thereafter. The LEP will start contacting businesses that have passed the initial eligibility checks in November 2015.
There are further resources online at:
Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Hubs
Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership
GOV.UK Apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds