Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support For Employers

Tees Valley Combined Authority supports employers in the Tees Valley local authority areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees to create new Apprenticeship opportunities.   This support is designed to assist employers who are committed to creating a new apprenticeship or progressing an existing apprentice onto a higher level of apprenticeship.  Apprentices must start their learning after 30th November 2018.  The Apprenticeship training must be provided by a training provider approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

 

The initiative in particular supports SMEs who create apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand from employers, identified in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan, including:

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

The initiative will also offer support to smaller companies taking on apprentices aged 19+, often for the first time.  There will also be a drive to establish high quality, higher and degree level apprenticeships in the priority sectors.

There are two separate and distinct offers of grant which employers can apply for provided that their apprentice is following an approved Apprenticeship Standard or Framework and all other eligibility criteria are met.

WHAT FUNDING IS ON OFFER?

 The Apprenticeship Support for Employers Grant provides two separate and distinct offers of grant:

Grant A: Is available for small to medium businesses (under 250 employees) from priority sectors* who employ an apprentice aged 19+ working towards an approved qualification from the Apprenticeship Standards or Frameworks (up to a maximum of three apprentices per year).  There is an Initial Grant and an additional amount available if the apprentice is progressing between levels, see below for further information:

Grant A Grant A
Initial Grant Progression Grant
 

Levels 2 & 3

 

£2,000

 

Progress from Level 2- 3

 

N/A

 

Levels 4 & 5

 

£3,000

 

Progress from Level 3 – 4

 

£3,000 basic grant + £2,000 additional grant

 

Levels 6 & 7

 

£4,000

 

Progress from Level 4 – 5

 

£3,000 basic grant + £2,000 additional grant

 

Progress from Level 5 – 6

 

£4,000 basic grant + £2,000 additional grant

 

Progress from Level 6 – 7

 

£4,000 basic grant + £2,000 additional grant

 

Grant A – the Initial Grant will be paid at Week 13 (following on from completion of the 13 Week Review and associated paperwork), any additional Progression Grant will be paid at Week 26.

OR

Grant B: Is available for small businesses (under 50 employees) not in a priority sector who employ an apprentice aged 19+ working towards an approved qualification from the Apprenticeship Standards or Frameworks (up to a maximum of three apprentices per year).  There is an Initial Grant and an additional amount available if the apprentice is progressing between levels, see below for further information:

 

Grant B Grant B
Initial Grant Progression Grant
 

Levels 2 & 3

 

£500

 

Progress from Level 2- 3

 

N/A

 

Levels 4 – 7

 

£1,000

 

Progress from Level 3 – 4

 

£1,000 basic grant + £1,000 additional grant

 

Progress from Level 4 – 5

 

£1,000 basic grant + £1,000 additional grant

 

Progress from Level 5 – 6

 

£1,000 basic grant + £1,000 additional grant

 

Progress from Level 6 – 7

 

£1,000 basic grant + £1,000 additional grant

 

Grant B – the Initial Grant including additional amount for Progression will be paid at Week 13 (following on from completion of the 13 Week Review and associated paperwork).

Please Note

  • You cannot be eligible for both Grant A and Grant B.
  • You can only be eligible for a maximum of three Grants in a 12 month period, including Grants from the previous ASE scheme.

*Tees Valley Combined Authority will determine if your company falls within one of our identified priority sectors

 

How to Apply

The Apprenticeship Support for Employers Grant Application Form is available to download here

Please use our postcode checker first to see if you could be eligible to apply.

The employer is required to return a completed Application Form and De-Minimis Aid Declaration to the Strategic Investment Team at Tees Valley Combined Authority. The Strategic Investment Team will acknowledge receipt and the application will then be assessed against the eligibility criteria.

All employers will be contacted by the Strategic Investment Team to advise on the status of their application within 10 working days.

To apply for the Apprenticeship Support for Employers Grant please fully complete the Application Form and De Minimis Aid Declaration and send to : Project.Team@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk or Tees Valley Combined Authority, Cavendish House, Teesdale Business Park, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley, TS17 6QY.  If you have any queries please contact the team on 01642 527985.