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Funding - Now's your time to get a grant to recruit an apprentice for less

Now's your time to recruit an apprentice for less - grants of up to £5,000 available. 

For businesses there’s never been a better time to revitalise or future proof your business than right here and now in Staffordshire. Did you know that 72% of employers will be taking on more apprentices this year and that 70% agree that apprentices will be critical to recover from Covid-19? 

Up-skilling your staff or taking on apprentices to grow your skill base and future-proof your business for the future, is no longer nice to have, it’s essential.  Apprentices bring new ideas, stick around for longer than non-apprenticeship recruits, are extremely capable and are keen to learn and earn at the same time. 

There’s even government grants that can be claimed at the same time as the Staffordshire grant.  Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age.  

Read an expert's blog about classic employer misconceptions about apprenticeships.

You may think that the cost and hassle of recruiting and retaining apprentices is the last thing you can manage at the moment.  But if your business is in Staffordshire, don’t wait to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to recruit and get the best from your apprentice.  That means, depending on the size of your business, you could employ an apprentice at a much-reduced cost.

This grant is one of the first of its kind in the country, and is the result of Staffordshire County Council and the county’s district and borough councils pooling resources to support business recovery and growth after the pandemic, and a successful bid to the government’s Community Renewal Fund.

Are you eligible for a £5,000 grant?

To be eligible for the £5,000 grant: 

  • Your business must be based in Staffordshire (not Stoke-on-Trent).
  • You cannot have already received grant payments that equal the maximum permitted levels of subsidy (please email us if you need guidance on this). 
  • You must be able to prove that you are trading when you apply
  • Your business must be registered with Companies House and employee less than 250 people, i.e. you must be an SME and can't be a sole trader as you need to be eligible for government funding to pay for the apprenticeship training. 

What can you use the £5,000 grant on?

It can be used to cover any costs associated with recruiting and retaining and apprentice and can be used alongside the current available government grant schemes. The only requirement is for you to illustrate how your considered or tried to keep trading during the COVID-19 restriction periods, and how recruiting an apprentice will support your recovery or growth.

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Phone: 0300 111 8002
Email: apprentices@staffordshire.gov.uk 

More information

Uk Government logoThis project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Find.  It invests in skills, community and place, local business and supporting people into employment.  For more information, visit the Government's website

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