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Apprenticeship Grants and Initiatives

Initiatives are available to employers who recruit apprentices and to encourage businesses to take on new apprentices as a boost to their industries. These initiatives aim to reduce the financial impact on businesses and to help you train your apprentices.

You may be eligible for the following incentives:

Payments for Hiring a Young Apprentice

You could be eligible for £1,000 for each eligible apprentice you hire who is either:

  • Aged 16 to 18 years old, or
  • Aged 19 to 25 years old and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

This incentive is available to small, medium and levy- paying employers, regardless of size or annual pay bill. As long as your apprentice meets the above criteria, you will be eligible for this payment.

Find out more here. 

Levy Support Scheme (Apprenticeships Norfolk)

Norfolk County Council have launched a levy sharing project to encourage local businesses to hire apprentices- if you are a small to medium employer and will be required to pay a 5% co- contribution for your apprentice, you may be able to access support through the levy sharing scheme. Alternatively, if you are a levy paying employer you may be interested in signing up to the scheme to support other employers in the county. 

Find out more here.

Building Futures (Apprenticeships Norfolk)

Apprenticeships Norfolk have introduced a new environmental scheme- Building Futures- to increase the number of new apprenticeships in South Norfolk and Broadland. They will be providing £2000 incentive grants, training and wraparound apprenticeship support to small/ medium employers. The project focuses on the green economy and sustainability, aiming to increase 'Dark Green' apprenticeships and upskilling employers with sustainable business knowledge. Eligible employers taking on a ‘Dark Green’ apprentice can receive an enhanced £5000 grant.

Grants are paid to employers at 6, 12 and 18 weeks of the apprentice being on programme with payments made on successful completion of mandatory eLearning modules and declarations with signatures from the employer, provider and apprentice.

To be eligible for a Building Futures grant, businesses must hire a new apprentice and satisfy at least one of the following:

  • A business trading address is in South Norfolk or Broadland.
  • The apprentice's home postcode is in South Norfolk or Broadland.

Additionally, eligible employers will:

  • Be a small to medium sized organisation which does not pay the apprenticeship levy.
  • Intend to support the apprentice beyond the grant period of support, through to the end of the apprenticeship.
  • Apply/ express interest for the grant before hiring a new apprentice. Applications cannot be made retrospectively.

For more information and full details of the scheme, please see the Building Futures webpage: Building Futures - Apprenticeship incentive grant (