Suffolk County Council and The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have reached the joint decision to bring to a close the current pilot for the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service. ASBS has successfully worked with over 4,000 employers and generated in excess of 500 new Apprenticeship vacancies, but our evaluation has shown that the pilot model as it is currently operating cannot overcome other barriers within the Apprenticeship system, and therefore a different approach is needed going forward. Suffolk County Council, TCHC and their sub-contracting partner, The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will work closely together over the next three months to ensure businesses currently engaged through this contract are given appropriate support. Suffolk County Council will look to develop a new approach to supporting the apprenticeship agenda in Suffolk going forward.

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Apprenticeship Funding

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16-24)

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers provide financial support to employers who wish to take on an apprentice. If eligible the grant it is worth £1,500 per apprentice and you can receive up to five grants. The grant has helped thousands of employers grow their businesses through Apprenticeships.

Is your business eligible for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers?

To be eligible you must:

  • Be unable to recruit an apprentice without the grant
  • Have fewer than 50 employees in the UK
  • No Apprenticeship starts in the previous 12 months
  • Employ your apprentice for a minimum of 12 months or time it takes to complete the Apprenticeship

You must agree to pay your apprentices at least the legal minimum and only one grant is available per apprentice.

Which Apprenticeships qualify?

Any Apprenticeships recognised by the Skills Funding Agency.  View the full list of frameworks.

Which apprentices qualify?

Any new recruits aged 16-24 who live in England and are not in full- time education.

How to apply

It’s easy to apply; just complete, sign and return the Apprenticeship Grant for Employer (AGE 16-24) Declaration with your chosen training provider(s) to confirm your eligibility before your apprentice starts.

If you are looking to employ an apprentice and your business is located in Suffolk, we are able to guide you through the process and assist you in finding a suitable training provider. To get started, leave a message below or call us on 01473 694829 today.

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