Apprenticeship Grants

There are numerous grant schemes offered by the Government (including Local Authorities) and charities. Solutions at Heart of Worcestershire College provide administration support for these as outlined below. 

Worcestershire Construction Apprentice Academy

The grant aims to encourage apprentices into the construction trade. Thegrant is administered by a charity and awarded on a first come basis. If the application is successful the organisation will receive two £250.00 payments and a tool kit voucher which will be awarded to the apprentice.

To qualify for this grant the organisation and apprentice must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation must employee nine or less employees
  2.        The organisation must be in the construction environment (i.e. Wood, Trowel or Painting)
  3.        The organisation must not have recruited an apprentice within the past 12 months
  4.        The apprentice is aged between 16-24 years
  5.        The apprentice must live within Worcestershire
  6.        The organisation must be based within Worcestershire
  7.        The organisation can only apply for this grant once
  8.        All applications must also contain a statement from both employer and apprentice containing reasons as to why they should receive this grant

If you have recruited an apprentice but not received an application form and believe you are eligible please contact solutions@howcollege.ac.uk 

Bromsgrove District Council & Redditch District Council

This grant aims to support employers in Bromsgrove and Redditch. All applicants for this grant must be made to the local authority; applications must be made before an apprentice is recruited.

Organisations that fall within the following sectors are eligible to apply for this grant;

  1.        Advanced Manufacturing
  2.        Food & Drink
  3.        Logistics
  4.        Business Services

To qualify for this grant an employer must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation must employ less than 249 employees containing no more than two apprentices
  2.        Both the organisation and apprentice must be based in either Bromsgrove or Redditch 

For further information regarding the application for this grant please visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

 

Wychavon Apprenticeship Grant

This grant aims to support employers in Wychavon. All applications for this grant must be made to the Training Providers Association. The following sectors qualify for this grant;

  1.        Engineering & Manufacturing
  2.        IT/Cyber
  3.        Agriculture Technologies & Horticulture (Agri-Tech)
  4.        Hospitality 
  5.        Construction 

To qualify for this grant an employer must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The organisation is located within the Wychavon district postcode area
  2.        The organisation employees less than 250 employees
  3.        The organisation must provide an approved apprenticeship programme
  4.        The organisation has not recruited an apprentice within the last 12 months

The apprentice must meet the following criteria;

  1.        The apprentice must be a resident of the Wychavon district postcode area
  2.        Must be aged between 16-24 years
  3.        A new employee to the organisation

For further information regarding the application for this grant please visit www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

Worcester City Apprenticeship Grant Scheme 

Worcester City Council is launching a new Apprenticeship grant programme to support small and medium size businesses looking to hire an apprentice. Businesses based in the Worcester City Council area can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of hiring an apprentice with a maximum of two grants available for any one business.

The grant scheme will priortise applications from businesses operation in one or more of the following key sectors;

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
  • Cyber Security/IT/Defence
  • Visitor and Destination Economy
  • Construction 

Consideration will also be given to applications from businesses in a knowledge based ‘Professional Services’ sector e.g Accountancy, Legal, Marketing, Architecture etc..

Employer Criteria

  • The employer is located with the Worcester City postcode area
  • The Employer employs less than 250 employees
  • Must be providing an approved apprenticeship
  • The employer has not has an Apprentices within the previous 12 months (exceptions apply)
  • Must pay at least the Minimum Wage of Apprentices, and is encouraged to uplift 

More information can be found here

Malvern Hills District Council Apprenticeship Grant

Malvern Hills District Council operate a grant scheme to support local businesses to take on apprentices. The Council has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to help local employers employ local residents and grow Apprenticeships within the district.

Businesses will be able to apply to help fund starting their first apprentice (a maximum of 2 grants at £1,000 per Apprentice start are available per employer).

The grant will be prioritised for the following sectors:

  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Cyber and IT
  • Agriculture Technologies and Horticulture

Employer Criteria:

  • The Employer is located in Malvern Hills district postcode area
  • The Employer is providing an apprenticeship in the priority sectors of Engineering and Manufacturing, Cyber and IT or Agriculture Technologies and Horticulture
  • The Employer employs less than 250 employees
  • The employer has not had an Apprentice within the previous 12 months.

Apprentice Criteria:

  • The Apprentice resides in the Malvern Hills district postcode area
  • Aged 16 – 24 years
  • Not previously employed by the Employer Apprenticeship Criteria
  • Must be completing an Approved Apprenticeship Framework
  • Must have a duration of between 1-2 years minimum
  • Must pay at least the Minimum Wage for Apprentices.

The grant is subject to a successful application and the availability of funds. The scheme will be run on a first come first served basis, with the grant only guaranteed once the employer has an apprentice ready to start and they have signed the agreement. The Grant will be payable by Malvern Hills District Council direct to the employer once the Apprentice has completed 13 weeks on programme.