Apprenticeship Grants

There are numerous grant schemes offered by the Government (including Local Authorities) and charities. Solutions at Heart of Worcestershire College provide administration support for these as outlined below. 

The National Apprenticeship Service AGE Grant

This grant aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

The Skills Funding Agency, alongside the Local Government, provides employers with a one off (non-taxable) payment of £1,500.00. This grant is on an application basis only and is not a guaranteed payment.

To qualify for this grant an employer must meet the following criteria;

  1.        They have less than 50 aggregated employees
  2.        They have must not have recruited an apprentice and applied for an AGE Grant within the last 12 months
  3.        The apprentice is aged between 16-24 (applications must be submitted before the apprentice’s 24th birthday)
  4.        The employer has not received an AGE Grant payment within the past 12 months
  5.        The employer cannot apply for the grant for the same apprentice more than once
  6.        The apprentice has be in education with the College for 13 weeks before the employer can receive the funds
  7.        The apprentice must have been a resident of the UK for 3 years or more

Once an apprentice has been recruited you will be supplied with an application form to complete and return, the Skills Funding Agency will assess your application. If you have not received an application form and believe you are eligible please contact solutions@howcollege.ac.uk 

 

Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy

The grant aims to encourage apprentices into the construction trade. Thegrant is administered by a charity and awarded on a first come basis. If the application is successful the organisation will receive two £250.00 payments and a tool kit voucher which will be awarded to the apprentice.

To qualify for this grant the organisation and apprentice must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation must employee nine or less employees
  2.        The organisation must be in the construction environment (i.e. Wood, Trowel or Painting)
  3.        The organisation must not have recruited an apprentice within the past 12 months
  4.        The apprentice is aged between 16-24 years
  5.        The apprentice must live within Worcestershire
  6.        The organisation must be based within Worcestershire
  7.        The organisation can only apply for this grant once
  8.        All applications must also contain a statement from both employer and apprentice containing reasons as to why they should receive this grant

If you have recruited an apprentice but not received an application form and believe you are eligible please contact solutions@howcollege.ac.uk 

Bromsgrove District Council & Redditch District Council

This grant aims to support employers in Bromsgrove and Redditch. All applicants for this grant must be made to the local authority; applications must be made before an apprentice is recruited.

Organisations that fall within the following sectors are eligible to apply for this grant;

  1.        Advanced Manufacturing
  2.        Food & Drink
  3.        Logistics
  4.        Business Services

To qualify for this grant an employer must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation must employ less than 249 employees containing no more than two apprentices
  2.        Both the organisation and apprentice must be based in either Bromsgrove or Redditch 

For further information regarding the application for this grant please visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

 

Wychavon Apprenticeship Grant

This grant aims to support employers in Wychavon. All applications for this grant must be made to the Training Providers Association. The following sectors qualify for this grant;

  1.        Engineering & Manufacturing
  2.        IT/Cyber
  3.        Agriculture Technologies & Horticulture (Agri-Tech)

To qualify for this grant an employer must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation is located within the Wychavon district postcode area
  2.        The organisation employees less than 250 employees
  3.        The organisation must provide an approved apprenticeship programme
  4.        The organisation has not recruited an apprentice within the last 12 months

The apprentice must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The apprentice must be a resident of the Wychavon district postcode area
  2.        Must be aged between 16-24 years
  3.        A new employee to the organisation

For further information regarding the application for this grant please visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk