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Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support For Employers

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.

Applications must be made within 4 weeks of the training start date. If your application supports progression, then the application must be made within 4 weeks of the new training start date. Any applications received after this timeframe will not be considered.

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.

STEP 1: Check if the workplace of the Apprentice is within Tees Valley by using the ASG Postcode Checker, postcode must be entered with no spaces

STEP 2: If the apprentices workplace is not within Tees Valley we would be unable to support, please look at the grants which may be available through the national scheme Employing an apprentice: Get funding – GOV.UK (

STEP 3: If the apprentice’s workplace is within Tees Valley, download and read the Grant Guidance notes which provide information on the eligibility criteria for the employer and the apprentice as well as the payment process

STEP 4: If you would like to apply download and complete the ASG Application and Employer Commitment. All sections must be fully completed and it must be signed

STEP 5: Once complete, return by e-mail to [email protected] (postal applications are not being considered).  You will also need to download and complete the Sub-Threshold Subsidy Aid Declaration Form.  This needs to be fully completed, once complete please e-mail over with your application and ensure the original hand signed document is sent in the post to TVCA, Business & Skills Team, Teesside Airport Business Suite, Teesside International Airport, Darlington, DL2 1NJ.

STEP 6: The application will then be assessed against the criteria, and we will be in touch within 10 working days.

If you have any queries, please contact the team on [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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