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


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.

Under the current eligibility rules, the grant will continue to operate for the rest of the 2014/15 financial year and additional funding has been approved to support demand within this period. This will be used for apprentices with start dates up to 31 December 2014.

A new AGE 16 to 24 programme will begin from January 2015 focussing on small businesses (those with fewer than 50 employees).

Under the new eligibility rules, employers will be able to draw down a maximum of five grants of £1,500.

Updated fact sheets which include reference to the new eligibility rules are now available.

How AGE 16 to 24 works

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 currently be paid ten grants in total during the lifetime of the initiative. Under the new grant (for starts from January 2015) this will change to a maximum of five grants.

Age 16 to 24 currently targets employers with less than 1,000 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or who have not enrolled a new recruit or existing employee on an apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. From January 2015, the grant will support employers with 50 or less employees. As before these emploers will not have enrolled an employee on the apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 month period.


“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)

“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: 06/11/2014

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