Changes to the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)

There has been a number of additional incentives announced by the government for apprenticeship training. This is as below:

509806-Changes-to-the-Apprenticeship-Grant-for-Employers[1]1. Pay the employers the full amount of £1500 13 weeks after the apprentice starts, instead of two instalments of £750 at weeks 8 and 52.
2. Extend the scheme to mid-sized businesses with up to 1000 employees
3. Increase the number of grants a single employer can claim to 10, up from the current limit of three.
4. Relax the rule informally known as the “3 year rule” so that an employer will be eligible for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers if they have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.
AGE 16 to 24 back-dated claims criteria
Where a claim has been submitted since 1 February 2012, but rejected for failing to meet the criteria, the apprentice/employer combination will be reassessed against the new criteria and payments made to those that are now eligible (and where the apprentice is still employed and in learning).

For more details call our Apprenticeships Team on 0121 707 0550 or