Grant support available for Tees Valley area

Posted on Jan 29, 2020


Tees Valley Combined Authority are continuing to support apprenticeships in Tees Valley and will be offering a new Grant for Apprenticeship starts from 1st February 2020.

Tees Valley Combined Authority supports the creation of Apprenticeships in the Tees Valley local areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. The support is designed to assist employers who are committed to creating new Apprenticeships or progressing an 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 Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan.

The Priority Sectors being supported by the Grant are:

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

What Funding is Available?

Apprenticeship Support Grant is available to SME’s identified by Tees Valley Combined Authority as being in one of the above Priority Sectors(Tees Valley Combined Authority will determine if the company falls within one of our identified priority sectors):

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 – a Grant of £3,000 is available
  • Apprentices aged 19+ - a Grant of £2,000 is available

For any employers who do not fall into one of the Priority Sectors, the following Grant is available:

• Apprentices aged 19+ - a Grant of £500 is available

The employer and Apprentice must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an SME (249 or less employees) (Priority Sectors Only)
  • Be an SME (49 or less employees) (Non-Priority Sectors)
  • Business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months (up to apprenticeship start date)
  • Employer must ensure the Apprentices workplace is located in Tees Valley (see postcode checker available on the website)
  • Employer must commit to paying the Apprentice at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage for their age, including time for off-the-job training
  • Employer must ensure the Apprenticeship is being delivered by an approved training provider (see Register of Training Providers)
  • Apprentice must commit to completing a minimum of 13 weeks in learning and employment
  • Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020

Full information regarding the eligibility criteria is available on the website in the Grant Guidance Document.

The grant will be paid in full once the Apprentice has completed 13 weeks in learning and employment (following on from completion of the 13 week review and associated paperwork). Employers are only eligible for a maximum of three grants in a 12 month period, this includes grants from previous schemes.

Contact our team for further guidance on the grant:

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