Small and medium-sized employers (SMEs) in South Yorkshire have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship funding under the Grants for Apprenticeships (GAP) initiative.
Grants for Apprentices of between £1,120 and £2,450 are available to qualifying South Yorkshire employers who have 100 employees or fewer and meet certain other criteria.
Grants for Apprentices are financially weighted, with added value placed on those sectors of the economy and associated qualifications, identified as having the greatest economic benefits to the region. The GAP Grant is offered on behalf of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority, and administered through Sheffield City Council.
The basic GAP initiative grant amounts are: Level 2 = £1,120; Level 3 = £1,500; Level 4 = £1,800
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Up to 4 GAP initiative Grants are available to any employer offering any apprenticeship where:
- The apprentice’s workplace is located in South Yorkshire.
- The apprentice is a new employee recruited to an apprentice role (they must not have started in employment more than 10 months before the commencement of their apprenticeship course)
- The employer has 100 or fewer employees in total across all worksites.
- The employer commits to paying the apprentice at least the appropriate National Minimum Wage for an apprentice of their age, including time for off-the-job training.
- The employer has received no more than 4 GAP initiative grants for apprentices who have enrolled in the current calendar year
- The training provider has submitted a Request for GAP Grant 2017 form to the GAP Team on the employer’s behalf– this can only be done after the apprentice has enrolled on their apprenticeship course.
- The employer has completed the 2017 GAP Grant Application Form, which includes the State Aid declaration, confirming that they are aware of and are not breaching any State Aid rules.
- The apprentice is enrolled on an approved apprenticeship framework and details from their Individual Learner Record (ILR) have been uploaded onto the Skills Funding Agency systems by their training provider.
- The apprentice will be employed for at least the time it takes to complete their apprenticeship programme, or a minimum of 12 months on the apprenticeship programme, whichever is greater (subject to satisfactory performance of the apprentice as an employee). If the apprentice leaves or is dismissed and does not complete 13 weeks ‘in learning’ (as recorded in the Individual Learning Record submitted by the training organisation to the Skills Funding Agency) the employer will not be eligible for the GAP initiative grant.
- The employer must not previously have received a GAP initiative grant at a lower level for the same apprentice (with the exception of an apprentice moving up from L3 to L4 – in this scenario a £450 progression payment may apply.
GAP initiative Grants are payable directly to employers, but for them to apply, the training provider that is supporting their apprenticeship must first contact the GAP Team to initiate the application process.
If you believe you are eligible for one of the Grants for Apprenticeships, 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.