The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) is an incentive scheme for employers who have not employed an apprentice, either in the last 12 months or at all. This grant is provided to encourage employers to recruit an apprentice.
Apprenticeship Grants for Employers are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and are available for apprentices starting their programme by 31st December 2016, so eligible employers should apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Up to three Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grants for Employers of £1,500 are available to any employer meeting the following criteria:
- The apprentice’s workplace is in Greater Manchester
- The company employs fewer than 250 employees
- The company does not have any staff currently undertaking an apprenticeship
- If the company has previously employed an apprentice, it is more than 12 months since their last apprentice completed their programme, unless the apprentice is progressing from an Advance to Higher Apprenticeship
- The apprentice recruited is aged between 16 and 24
For apprenticeship starts from the 1st January 2016 a small but significant change has been made to the criteria, which now means eligible employers can claim an apprenticeship grant where their apprentice progresses from an Advanced to a Higher Apprenticeship within a twelve month period.
Additional AGE Grant
The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grants for Employers also include additional incentive payments on top of the £1,500, which (subject to meeting further criteria) have the potential to increase the grant up to £2,500.
This additional incentive is to encourage:
- Progressing a young person from a completed Traineeship* to an Apprenticeship – additional £1,000 employer incentive
- Starting an apprentice on a Higher Apprenticeship – additional £1,000 employer incentive.
*Traineeships are aimed at 16-24 year olds who are motivated to work but currently lack the skills, experience and behaviours sought by employers to secure an apprenticeship or other sustainable employment. Traineeships provide support with English and maths, work preparation training around the skills and attributes needed to sustain employment, and work placements which offer exposure to a real work place so young people can develop the skills, knowledge, confidence, attitudes and behaviours they need to succeed at work.
If you believe you are eligible for this grant, Baltic Training will help process your application. Visit our FAQs, see what our happy clients say with our employer’s apprenticeship case studies, call us on 01325 731 050 or fill out the form below.