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Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 23 year olds

The AGE Grant for Employers of 16 to 23 year olds is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer young people employment through the Apprenticeship programme

  1. Introduction

    The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-23 year olds (AGE 16 to 23) supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 23 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme. 

    We will offer the grant to those employers who are eligible to receive it. You can receive up to 5 grants in total; each one is worth £1,500. Please check below whether or not you are eligible to receive the Grant and which apprentices qualify for it. 

  2. When will this Apprenticeship grant be available?

    The AGE 16 to 23 grant is available from 1 February 2012. However, the AGE grant will come to an end on the 31st July 2017.

  3. What financial support is available to employers?

    The grant of £1,500 is payable to employers who employ one or more 16-23 year old apprentices. The grant will be paid once the apprentice(s) have completed approximately  22 weeks, subject to eligibility. 

    The payment is a grant and is exempt from VAT.

  4. What about employers who have already taken on apprentices, or would have taken one on anyway?

    Our aim is to supprt employers to offer new and additional Apprenticeships in support of young people. Therefore we will be targeting those employers who would not otherwise have been in a position to recruit an apprentice at this point in time or who are able to offer more Apprenticeship places than they would otherwise have done.

  5. Can existing employees starting an Apprenticeship within their existing employer attract the incentive?

    No - our aim is to support employers to create new and additional jobs for 16 to 23 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 23 payment has incentivised an eligible employer to transfer a current 16 to 23 part-time employee (contracted to work less than 20 hours per week) to a new full- time Apprenticeship job role (minimum 30 hours per week).

  6. Must all of the vacancies created by AGE 16 to 24 be advertised on Apprenticeship vacancies?

    Apprenticeship vacancies is a dedicated free on line recruitment service to help employers recruit their apprentice - matching candidates interested in an Apprenticeship with employers offering them. Wherever possible, employers taking part in AGE 16 to 24, should advertise on Apprenticeship vacancies. The supporting training provider can assist you with this service.

  7. Which young people are eligible?

    All 16 to 23 year olds who are looking to start a career through an Apprenticeship, whether they are just leaving school, have been working or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

  8. How will employers receive the AGE 16 to 23?

    Quality assured training providers will be responsible for processing payments to employers. Employers will receive £1,500 when the young person reaches week 13 of their Apprenticeship programme.

  9. What if the young person leaves – will the employer have to reimburse recruit an apprentice all/any of the £1,500?

    As an employer you will sign an agreement which commits you to employing the young person until they complete their Apprenticeship programme.

    You will receive the £1,500 once the apprentice reaches the 8 week point of their programme.

    Should the apprentice leave or be dismissed, a proportion of the grant will be repayable by the employer at the following levels:

    • If the apprentice leaves or is dismissed between weeks 1 and 13 the employer will not receive the payment.
    • However if at this 13 week stage another eligible 16 to 24 year old is recruited as an apprentice within 4 weeks of the dismissal/leave date, no element of the grant will be recovered.