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Funding for Apprenticeship Training

Businesses based in England can cover the costs of training your apprentice and claim an AGE Grant up to £7,500*.

The criteria for Apprenticeship funding varies for businesses based in Scotland.

Download our funding brochure or request a call back from our Apprenticeship Advisors to find out more.

Apprenticeships funding formula

Claim up to £7,500

Employers based in England can receive up to £7,500 of AGE grant funding from the National Apprenticeship Service.*

  • £1,500 per Apprentice, up to a maximum of five apprentices*
  • Extended to include business with up to 1,000 employees
  • Available for Apprentices aged 16+
  • For businesses who haven’t employed an Apprentice in the last 12 months

No training costs

Government funding is available to cover the costs of training apprentices. Full funding is available for 16-18 year olds, while people aged 19 and over may still qualify for partial funding with an employer contribution.

No recruitment costs

By using our FREE Recruitment Service to hire apprentices, you won’t incur any recruitment fees. Plus we’ll source high calibre, local candidates, matched to your business needs.

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Apprenticeship Terms & Conditions

To qualify, Apprentices must:

  • Be a UK citizen or resident in the UK in the last 3 years
  • Be in paid employment working at least 30 hours relevant to the Apprenticeship
  • Not be in receipt of government funding now or previously for an Apprenticeship at the same level or above
  • Not have achieved a Level 4 or higher qualification.

Employer responsibilities for all funding options

Your responsibilities as an employer include meeting the national minimum wage requirements as well as the requirements listed against each Apprenticeship.

National Minimum Wage


  • A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010. The wage applies to all Apprentices aged under 19 and Apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
  • The Apprentice minimum wage is currently £2.68 per hour and applies to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the Apprenticeship. Employers are free to pay above the new wage and many do so, but employers must ensure that they are paying their Apprentices at least the minimum wage. The average wage for an Apprenticeship is typically around £210 per week.
  • If an Apprentice is on a higher wage, the employer must continue to pay that for the remainder of the training or until the Apprentice becomes eligible for the full national minimum wage.

Subject to change every 12 months.


Apprenticeship Funding in Scotland

The criteria for Apprenticeship funding is different in Scotland, than it is in England.

Subsidised training

Government funding is available to subsidise the costs of training apprentices. Full funding is available for 16-19 year olds, while people aged 20 and over may still qualify for partial funding with an employer contribution.

Eligibility

To qualify, Apprentices must:

  • be domiciled in Scotland or main working premises are in Scotland
  • have reached the Scottish statutory minimum school leaving age
  • be working in a job role which requires the knowledge and skills provided by the apprenticeship
  • not be self-employed
  • not be in receipt of funding for another apprenticeship

Free training for 16-18, partial costs covered, plus employer contribution and exam registration fees for those aged 19+. Funding subject to eligibility and government restrictions, terms and conditions apply.
Funding subject to eligibility and government restrictions, terms and conditions apply. Please not exam and registration fees are not covered, these will need to be paid by the employer.
*Employers in England can receive up to £7,500 of AGE grant funding from the National Apprenticeship Service (terms and conditions apply).


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