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EMPLOYERS

As an Employer you already know that training your workforce is a good idea, but Apprenticeships are even better, they are designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance.

Key benefits of employing an Apprentice

  • Motivated & skilled workforce
  • Cost effective
  • Lower recruitment costs
  • Build skills within your business
  • Improve profitability
  • Increased employing satisfaction

How does it work?

A training provider/college will support an employer to:

  • Identify the Apprenticeship that fits your business requirements
  • Help to recruit an Apprentice
  • Develop a training plan which reflects the Apprentice and employer requirements
  • Support the delivery of the training programme, carry out assessments and deliver training

Responsibilities of Employers

  • Provide an induction and training
  • Responsible for paying an Apprentice a wage (at least the minimum wage for Apprentices £3.90)
  • Offer a minimum of 30 hours a week paid employment
  • Provide Apprentices with the same benefits as other employers
  • Provide a contract of employment
  • Allow time for off-the job training
  • An Apprenticeship agreement must be signed between Apprentice and employers

TEES VALLEY APPRENTICESHIP GRANTS

Grants are available for:

  • small to medium businesses (less than 250 employees)
  • employing an apprentice aged 19+
  • undertaking a recognised Apprenticeship Standard or Framework
  • up to a maximum of three apprentices per year

Grants are available to businesses in Tees Valley that create apprenticeships in high growth sectors, including:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Process, Chemicals and Energy
  • Logistics
  • Health and Biologics
  • Digital and Creative
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Culture and Leisure
  • Construction
  • Human Health and Social Care Activities

GRANT A

This grant is available for:

  • small to medium businesses (less than 250 employees)
  • apprenticeships in the Tees Valley Combined Authority's identified priority sectors

This grant is offered on a sliding scale and is related to the level of the Apprenticeship:

  • Levels 2 & 3 £2,000
  • Levels 4 & 5 £3,000
  • Levels 6 & 7 £4,000
If the apprentice is progressing between Levels 3 – 7 an additional grant of £2,000 would be offered for each progression

GRANT B

This grant is available for:

  • small businesses (less than 50 employees)
  • all sectors

This grant is offered on a sliding scale and is related to the level of the Apprenticeship:

  • Levels 2 & 3 £500
  • Levels 4 & 7 £1,000
If the apprentice is progressing between Levels 3 – 7 an additional grant of £1,000 would be offered for each progression

HOW TO APPLY

The Apprenticeship Support for Employers Grant Application Form is available to download here