Apprenticeship Funding, Grants and Eligibility

Apprenticeship Funding, Grants and Eligibility in England

To qualify, Apprentices must:

  • Be a UK citizen or resident in the UK in the last 3 years.

  • Be in paid employment working at least 30 hours relevant to the Apprenticeship.

  • Not be in receipt of government funding now or previously for an Apprenticeship at the same level or above.

  • Not have achieved a Level 4 or higher qualification.

Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE Grant)

More information about the AGE Grant is available on the Skills Funding Agency AGE grant website.

Businesses based in England, who haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months, can receive up to £7,500 of AGE grant funding from the National Apprenticeship Service* (£1,500 per Apprentice, up to a maximum of five apprentices*).

This grant is available to business with under 50 employees. Businesses based in Manchester, Sheffield and West Yorkshire with more employees may also be eligible. The grant is managed locally and the eligibility is different. Get in touch with our dedicated apprenticeship advisors to discuss your organisation’s eligibility.

Training covered by government funding

Government funding is available to cover the costs of training apprentices†. Full funding is available for 16-18 year olds, while people aged 19 and over may still qualify for partial funding with an employer contribution.

Get in touch with our dedicated apprenticeship advisors to discuss your organisation’s eligibility.

Apprenticeship Funding and Eligibility in Scotland

Training covered by government funding

Government funding is available to subsidise the costs of training apprentices‡. Full funding is available for 16-19 year olds, while people aged 20 and over may still qualify for partial funding with an employer contribution.

To qualify, apprentices must:

  • be domiciled in Scotland or main working premises are in Scotland.

  • not be in receipt of funding for another apprenticeship.

  • not be self-employed

  • have reached the Scottish statutory minimum school leaving age.

  • be working in a job role which requires the knowledge and skills provided by the apprenticeship.

Employer responsibilities for all funding options

As Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is done 'on the job' at your premises.

To ensure that your learner develops effective skills throughout their apprenticeship an employer must:

  • Provide an induction and on-the-job mentoring and training.

  • Pay your apprentice's wage according to the national minimum wage.

  • Employ your learner for at least 30 hours per week.

  • Provide a fair, safe and secure working environment

  • Hold regular meetings with your learners throughout their assessments.

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