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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Funding for Apprenticeships

The training for your apprentice is funded by the government and is generally paid directly to the training provider. There are different levels of funding available depending on the age of your apprentices.

16-18 years old

  • 100 % of the Apprenticeship training cost

Some employers may also qualify for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.


  • An employer contribution may be required

Some training providers will require a contribution to the Apprenticeship training cost and some employers may also qualify for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.

If you are interested in employing an apprentice and your business is located in Suffolk, we are able to provide free support, 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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