Scotland’s New Apprenticeship Employer Grant Now Open

Recognising the challenging circumstances for employers as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the impact on opportunities for young people, more businesses can now access financial support to help them take on young people through the new £15 million Apprenticeship Employer Grant.

Supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of maximising apprenticeship opportunities in the coming months, the grant will help increase the number of employers able to take on an apprentice or upskill an existing staff member.

Grants of £5,000 are available for employers taking on a 16 to 24-year old apprentice, and for those aged up to 29 years who are either disabled, care leavers or Black and Minority Ethnic (BME). Grants of £3,500 are available for employers taking on an apprentice aged 25 or over.

Employers in Scotland taking on Modern or Graduate Apprentices, where the apprenticeship start date was on or after 1 December 2020, may apply.

Funding will be available until 25 March 2021 or until funding levels are exceeded, whichever comes first.

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