Financial Assistance

Financial incentiveNow you can get a £1,500 grant to assist you as an employer with the training costs of taking on an apprentice.  

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has set up its AGE 16 to 24 scheme (Apprenticeship Grant for Employers), that gives employers support and encouragement to take on an apprentice.

The £1,500 is in addition to the training costs of the apprenticeship framework which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.

Are you eligible?

Eligible employers are those who have never employed an apprentice before or who have not been in a position within the last 12 months to commit to employing an apprentice again.

Very large employers (more than 1,000 employees) are not eligible for support through this initiative. But we do want to encourage take up within their supply chains.

Subject to budget availability and the employer's commitment to support the apprentice to the end of their programme, up to ten 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 agreement stage.

To check eligibility and to apply for AGE 16 to 24 you can:

  • complete the online web enquiry form (an advisor from the NAS will contact you to discuss the support available in more detail);
  • call NAS on 08000 150 600. An advisor will contact you to discuss the support available in more detail;
  • contact your local trainer direct - search for a Training Provider.

Visit National Apprenticeship Service for further information and to view/download the latest fact sheets, guides and presentation on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year-olds.