Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)

Support for Employers Taking on Apprentices

What is the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)?

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24- year-olds (AGE 16 to 24) is currently available to supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme.

The Grant is offered to those employers who are eligible to receive it. You can receive up to 10 grants in total; each one is worth £1,500.

Please check below whether or not you are eligible to receive the Grant and which apprentices qualify for it. The Grant has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice.


Which employers are eligible?

To be eligible you must:

  • Confirm that you are not able to recruit an apprentice without the Grant
  • Have fewer than 1,000 employees in the United Kingdom, as recorded by the Employer Data Service (EDS)
  • Not have had an employee start an Apprenticeship in the 12 month period before the start date of the first apprentice for whom you apply for the Grant.* If you are eligible, you can claim up to 10 grants during the time the Grant is on offer
  • Please note you do not have to wait 12 months between the first and any subsequent applications
  • Commit to employ your apprentice(s) for a minimum of 12 months on the Apprenticeship programme or the time it takes them to complete their Apprenticeship, whichever is the greater
  • Confirm you are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules by receiving the Grant and agree to pay the apprentice in line with legal minimum requirements or more


Which apprentices qualify?

  • The aim is to support employers to create new jobs and recruit new 16-to 24-year-olds
  • Eligible employers who want to access the Grant should note that apprentices must be:
  • New recruits
  • Aged 16 to 24, on the start date recorded on the Individual Learning Record submitted by your training organisation to the Skills Funding Agency
  • Enrolled on an Apprenticeship programme recognised by the Skills Funding Agency
  • Live in England and not taking part in full-time education
  • Existing employees do not attract the Grant; except where AGE 16 to 24 provides an incentive for you to provide an existing part-time employee aged 16 to 24 (contracted to work fewer than 20 hours each week) with a new full-time Apprenticeship job role (minimum 30 hours per week)


How do employers apply?

  • You must complete and sign an AGE 16 to 24 Employer Agreement with your chosen training organisation(s), to confirm your eligibility, before your apprentice(s) starts
  • You must provide an indication of how many apprentices you plan to recruit, with the support of the Grant with that particular training organisation; this can be updated
  • Only Skills Funding Agency approved training organisations can submit applications for the Grant to us
  • AGE 16 to 24 will be issued on a first come, first-served basis


When does an employer receive payment?

  • Eligible employers qualify to receive payment of AGE 16 to 24, value £1,500, once a qualifying apprentice has completed 13 weeks ‘in-learning’ on their Apprenticeship programme
  • It may take up to nine weeks after the 13-week qualification point for the funds to be processed and transferred
  • They must make arrangements to pay the funds to you within 30 days of receipt
  • Payment is in the form of a grant and is therefore exempt from VAT
  • If your apprentice leaves or is dismissed before completing 13 weeks ‘in-learning’ as defined above you will not receive payment for the Grant, even if they completed 13 weeks in employment
  • If your apprentice leaves or is dismissed after completing 13-weeks ‘in-learning,’ your entitlement to the Grant remains


As defined in the AGE 16 to 24 Employer Agreement, you are expected to provide ongoing employment to your apprentice(s), subject to satisfactory performance as an employee.