Tees Valley Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (TVAGE)
If you’re an SME in the Tees Valley area, did you know that up to £2,500 is available to you for employing an Apprentice?
The Tees Valley Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (TVAGE) is available to all Tees Valley based small and medium sized businesses (with up to 250 employees) employing Apprentices aged 16 to 24 years who are following an Apprenticeship Framework.
Grants are accessed through the training provider submitting a Request Form. Training providers must be SFA registered.
Employers will be required to commit to:
- employ the Apprentice for the duration of their Apprenticeship training (a minimum of 12 months); and
- pay at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage.
TVAGE grant payments will be made in full upon completion of eligibility checks once the Apprentice has been in employment / training for 13 weeks.
For further information please see the Grant Guidance and Questions & Answers documents or contact the TVCA Project Team on 01642 524454 or click here to email the team
APRIL – JULY 2017 APPRENTICESHIP STARTS
TVAGE grants will continue to be offered as per the current grant scheme for January – March 2017 starts:
- All eligible applicants will continue to receive £1,500 of support per apprentice (comparable to the National AGE grant programme);
- The Combined Authority Board has also agreed that an additional payment of £1,000 (i.e. £2,500 in total) will be paid for apprenticeships which make a specific additional contribution to the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan for the Tees Valley. This will apply to apprenticeships being delivered under the following apprenticeship frameworks:
- Digital & ICT; and
Please CLICK HERE for the list of SFA frameworks eligible for this additional payment.
DEADLINE DATE FOR THE RECEIPT OF GRANT REQUEST FORMS FOR 1ST APRIL – 31ST JULY APPRENTICESHIP STARTS
Funding for the delivery of the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers in the Tees Valley was devolved to the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) for the period 1st August 2016 – 31st July 2017. The demand for this funding has been unprecedented; this led to a review by the TVCA Board in December 2016 when additional funding was secured to ensure the successful delivery of the scheme.
To date the scheme has supported 822 companies in the Tees Valley to employ 930 apprentices. The current TVAGE Grant funding comes to an end on 31st July 2017.
Would you please ensure that you submit all grant request forms, for apprenticeship starts from 1st April to 31st July 2017, to the TVCA Project Team by 5.00pm on Friday 11th August 2017.
You can e-mail the team on: email@example.com
Please Note: Friday 11th August 2017 is an absolute deadline for applications. TVCA will not support any grant request forms received after this date, and it is the responsibility of the Training Provider to submit the forms on time. TVCA will not be responsible for late or incorrect submission of request forms. Training Providers must make sure their staff are all aware of this deadline, and must meet any claims by employers if their grant request form is not received by TVCA by the deadline.