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Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support For Employers

Please be aware we are not accepting postal applications, any applications received by post will not be considered, all applications must be sent by e-mail to

Apprenticeship Support Grant

Tees Valley Combined Authority supports the creation of Apprenticeships in the Tees Valley areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.  The support is designed to help employers who are committed to creating a new Apprenticeship or progressing their existing Apprentice onto a higher level of Apprenticeship.

Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020, the Apprenticeship training must be provided by a training provider approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The grant supports SME’s who create Apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand and growth from employers as identified in the Strategic Economic Plan.

The Priority Sectors being supported by the grant are:

Advanced Manufacturing Process, Chemicals & Energy
Logistics Health & Biologics
Digital & Creative Business & Professional Services
Construction Health Care
Culture & Leisure Education

What funding is available?

For SME’s identified by Tees Valley Combined Authority as being in one of the Priority Sector, there are two grants available:

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 – £3,000
  • Apprentices aged 19+ – £2,000

For SME’s not identified as being in one of the Priority Sectors, there is a grant of £500 available for Apprentices aged 19+.

Tees Valley Combined Authority will assess the application and will advise on which grant if any you could be eligible for.

The employer and Apprentice must meet the following criteria:

SME (249 or less employees across all sites) – Priority Sectors only SME (49 or less employees across all sites) – Non-Priority Sectors
Workplace must be in Tees Valley Business must have been trading for a min of 12 months prior to the Apprentice starting
Apprentice must be paid ANMW Must commit to completing a min of 12 months or the time it takes to complete the Apprenticeship

How to Apply

We are only accepting applications received by e-mail, postal applications are not being considered and will not be responded to.

The Application Form is available on the website to download and complete, please ensure before completing you download and read the Grant Guidance for the eligibility criteria.

All applications received will be responded to within 10 working days.

If you have any queries, please contact the team on

Further grant support is available via the Government, details of which can be found here

Additionally, there are also resources to support with Apprenticeships, these can be found here