LEP APPRENTICESHIP GRANT FOR EMPLOYERS
If you’re a small or medium sized business looking to take on an apprentice then financial support may be available. Businesses in West Yorkshire and York could be eligible for grants of up to £2,000 when they take on an apprentice aged 16 – 24 years old.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.
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 apprentice before, or Have offered apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds since September 2010, have benefitted from government (Skills Funding Agency) apprenticeship funding and can evidence that they have given a permanent contract of employment to at least one previous apprentice following the completion of their apprenticeship
- Recruit an apprentice that is aged 16 – 24 years old that started their training between 1 August and 31 December 2016
- Are based in one of the following local authority areas: Bradford/Calderdale/Kirklees/Leeds/Wakefield/York
- A ‘top-up’ grant of £800 is available to businesses that do one or more of the following:
- Recruit an apprentices 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 technologiesInformation 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