Apprentice Grant for Employers (AGE)
The Apprentice Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds is a scheme run by the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) to support employers in offering young people work through an apprenticeship programme. The grant of £1,500 is provided tax free to employers and is in addition to the training costs of the apprenticeship framework which is met in full for 16 to 18 year olds and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.
The AGE grant is available until 31st December 2015 for eligible employers who wish to recruit an apprentice who is aged 16 to 24.
Who is eligible?
The AGE grant is available to employers with up to 50 employees who are looking to recruit their first apprentice, or those employers that have not been in the position within the previous twelve months to commit to employing an apprentice again.
Subject to budget availability and the employers commitment to support the apprentices to the end of their programme, up to 5 grants can be made to any one employer, however the employer must commit to the total number of apprentices they wish to take on through the grant at the upfront stage.
Employers will sign an agreement which will include:
- Confirmation on the number of apprentices they will be taking on as a result of the incentive (to a maximum of 10 places)
- Confirmation that they wouldn't have taken the apprentices on without the additional incentive
- Confirmation that they have not taken on an apprentice within the previous 12 months
- A commitment to employ the apprentice for a minimum of 12 months or to the completion of their apprenticeship, whichever is greater
- Confirmation that they are aware of and do not break any state aid rules
- Agreement to pay the minimum Apprenticeship wage of £2.73 per hour
How will employers receive the AGE 16 to 24?
The AGE 16 to 24 grant will be issued to your training provider after your apprentice completes week 13 of their apprenticeship. We would then endeavour to make sure that you receive the funding as soon as possible.
What if the apprentice leaves?
As an employer you will sign an agreement which commits you to employing the young person until they complete their apprenticeship programme or for a minimum of 12 months, whichever is greater.
If the apprentice leaves or is dismissed between weeks 1 and 13 you will not receive the grant.
If the apprentice leaves or is dismissed after the completion of the 13 weeks and following receipt of the grant there will be no requirement to re-pay the grant. However as defined in the signed employer agreement, employers are expected to provide on-going employment to the apprentice, subject to satisfactory performance of the employee.
Which young people are eligible?
All 16 to 24 year olds who are looking to start a career through an apprenticeship are eligible, whether they are just leaving school, have been working or are seeking to start a new career. They just need to be living in England and not in full time education.
Can existing employees starting an apprenticeship within their existing employer attract the incentive?
No – the aim of the AGE grant is to support employers in growing their business and create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds.
However part-time employees that move in to a new full-time Apprenticeship job role could fall within the remit of the grant. i.e. where the AGE 16 to 24 payment has incentivised an eligible employer to transfer a current 16 to 24 year old part-time employee to a new full-time Apprenticeship job role.
To find out if you qualify to receive the Apprenticeships Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds contact the Wiltshire Enterprise Apprenticeships Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01249 465282.