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Funding for Apprenticeship Training

Cover the costs of training your apprentice AND claim an AGE Grant or Wage Subsidy for your business.

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

Apprenticeships funding formula

Funding for apprenticeships varies depending on whether your business is based in England or Wales. Take a look below to find out what you could receive if you hired an apprentice.

Apprenticeship Funding in England

Claim up to £15,000

Employers based in England can receive up to £15,000 of AGE grant funding from the National Apprenticeship Service.*

  • £1,500 per Apprentice, up to a maximum of ten 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 Funding in Wales

£3,900 for each apprentice you hire!

Employers based in Wales can receive wage subsidies of £3,900 per Apprentice.* Wage subsidies are provided through the Young Recruits Programme, which aims to assist employers in recruiting Apprentices or increasing the number of Apprentice opportunities available. Wage subsidies exclude public sector industries.

  • £3,900 wage subsidy for each Apprentice
  • No cap on the number of Apprentices!*
  • Available for Apprentices of all ages in small, medium and large employers

Wage subsidies are paid in varying instalments throughout the year, depending on weekly hours and Apprenticeship start date. See terms and conditions for more details.

No training costs

The Welsh Government fully funds Apprentices of all ages, which means employers do not have to pay anything towards the cost of training!

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.

Request a callback


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.

Full funding for 16-18 year olds, partial funding for 19-23 year olds. Advanced Learning Loans are available for those aged 24+. Terms & Conditions apply.
* Employers in England can receive up to £15,000 of AGE grant funding from the National Apprenticeship Service (terms and conditions apply). Employers in Wales can receive up to £3,900 in wage subsidies for each Apprentice.


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