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Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24)


“AGE has allowed us to employ an apprentice as an extra member of staff which we couldn’t have done without the help of the grant. We think the grant is really beneficial and we are already looking at employing another apprentice next year.”

(Sarah Lock, Owner of Harbourside Fish and Chips)

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds (AGE 16 to 24) aims to support businesses, who would not otherwise be in a position to so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme.

The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. Employers can be paid ten grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative.

AGE 16 to 24 targets employers with less than 1000 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee on an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. 

“AGE 16 to 24 has made the worthwhile decision to hire an apprentice even more cost effective. The grant helped meet the costs of taking on a new member of staff, and in effect the grant is being re-invested into the business, to help it grow.”

(Dr Tehir Nadeem, Owner of Solihull Dental Practice) 


Providers can check an employer’s eligibility by:

  • Following the criteria laid out in the fact sheet that can be downloaded from the website
  • Refer to to check the latest guidance and information on recruiting an apprentice
  • Checking the weekly Provider Up-date for up-dated Fact Sheets, Q&A and power point
  • Contact your usual Skills Funding Agency contact if the documents do not answer your question(s). 

Further information

View/download our latest fact sheets, guides and presentation for further information on the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds.


Last Updated: 10/07/2014

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