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

We wish to draw your attention to the “AGE 16 to 24” funding, (Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-to-24 year olds) which is available until 31st December 2014.

Are you thinking of recruiting apprentices?

AGE 16 to 24 supports SMEs and small businesses with up to 1,000 employees, that would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals of this age (16 to 24 years) into employment through the apprenticeship programme.  The National Apprenticeship Service is responsible for the management of the Grant; working with the Skills Funding Agency who administers the funds. All eligible employers can receive up to a total of 10 grants, each worth £1,500.

Employer Eligibility
Must include confirmation 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

EDS (Employer Data Service)

  • Have not placed an employee in an apprenticeship during the 12 month period before the start date of your first AGE 16 to 24 apprentice. NB you do not have to wait 12 months between the first and any subsequent applications.
  • Commit to employ each apprentice for a minimum of 12 months on the apprenticeship programme or for however long it takes them to complete their apprenticeship – whichever is the greater.
  • Will post the vacancy on the Apprenticeship Vacancy System.
  • Are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules by receiving the Grant.
  • Agree to pay the apprentice in line with minimum legal requirements or more.

Which Apprentices Qualify?

  • New Recruits aged 16 to 24 years on their start date
  • Recruits subsequently enrolled on a Skills Funding Agency recognised apprenticeship programme
  • UK residents only
  • Those not in full-time education

The National Apprenticeship Service aims to support employers to create new jobs and recruit new 16 to 24 year olds into the industry.

Next Steps
If you would like further information about the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, please contact Marie Orchard, Qualifications and Apprenticeship Manager, NSARE on 07595 467636