Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

If you have been awarded a grant to recruit an apprentice and would like further support please get in touch. Applications closed on Friday 29 November 2019.

Applications for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers closed on Friday 29 November 2019.

The below information is for businesses who have already been successful in receiving a grant. 

Grant eligibility criteria:

  • Businesses with 249 or fewer employees within local authority areas of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York
  • Have never offered apprenticeships before
  • Are offering new employment as an apprenticeship opportunity to 19-24 year-olds with associated apprenticeship training via a training provider approved by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • The apprentices must be following a recognised Apprenticeship Standard or Framework
  • Are paying the national minimum wage for the age of the apprentice from day one of their apprenticeship training (above the apprenticeship wage of £3.90). This equates to £6.15 per hour for 18-20 year olds, £7.70 per hour for 21 – 24 year olds.

An additional top up grant of £500 was on offer if:

Further information

For more information about the grant, download the documents below:

For support and free impartial advice with employing apprentices, contact the Business Support Service on 0113 348 1818 or email 

Alternatively read our Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit for further detailed information.


The grant is now closed and applications will no longer be accepted. If you have applied for the grant before 29 November 2019 and have any further questions please contact our business growth team on 0113 3481818 or email