Greater Manchester’s largest apprenticeship training provider has encouraged local employers to take advantage of an apprenticeship grant before it expires in July 2017.  The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) was due to close at the end of 2016, but has now been extended until the end of July.

The grant, administered in Greater Manchester by New Economy as part of the Devolution agreement with the government, provides up to three payments of £1,500 to any employer meeting the eligibility criteria.  The conditions are:

  • The apprentice workplace is in Greater Manchester
  • The company has fewer than 250 employees
  • If the company has previously employed an apprentice, it is more than 12 months since their last apprentice completed their programme
  • The apprentice is between the ages of 16 and 24

Companies can also qualify for additional payments if the apprentice has progressed from a Traineeship, or is undertaking a Higher Apprenticeship.

Jayne Worthington, Managing Director of the Skills Company, part of the not-for-profit Manchester Growth Company, said:  "I know it can be a big decision for busy companies to take on an apprentice.  Employers may be concerned about the time that recruitment and training will take, and anxious about how it will work, but The Skills Company can take away much of the administrative burden from employers, and leave them to do what they do best, growing their business."

"The grant is an acknowledgement of the commitment that employers make to taking on a young apprentice.  I hope many more employers will take up this cash incentive to develop their business, and train up the workforce of the future."