Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

Great news! The Tees Valley Combined Authority is continuing to support Apprenticeships in the Tees Valley area. As of February 1st 2020, there will be a new grant available for Apprenticeships.


The Tees Valley Combined Authority supports the creation of Apprenticeships in the following areas; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. The support is designed to assist employers in the following; committed to creating new Apprenticeships or progressing their existing Apprentice onto a higher level of Apprenticeship.


The grant supports SMEs (Small medium enterprise) who create Apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand and growth from employers as identified in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic plan.


The priority sectors being supported by the grant are:
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Process, Chemicals and Energy
  • Logistics
  • Health and Biologics
  • Digital and Creative
  • Business and Professional Services
  • Construction
  • Health Care
  • Culture and Leisure
  • Education



What funding is available?


Apprenticeship Support Grant is available to SMEs identified by Tees Valley Combined Authority as being in one of the above Priority Sectors:
  • Apprentices Aged 16-18 – Grant of £3,000 is available
  • Apprentices Aged 19+ – Grant of £2,000 is available


The employer and Apprentice must meet the following criteria:
  • Be an SME (249 or fewer employees, across all sites)
  • Business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months (up to Apprenticeship start date)
  • Apprentices workplace must be located in Tees Valley (see postcode checker available on the website)
  • The employer must commit to paying the Apprentice a minimum of 30 hours per week and at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage for their age, including time for off-the-job training
  • The employer must ensure the Apprenticeship is being delivered by an approved training provider (see Register of Training Providers)
  • Apprentice and Employer must commit to completing a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes to complete the Apprenticeship
  • Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020


**Tees Valley Combined Authority will determine if your company falls within one of our identified priority sectors


How to Apply


Please use the Tees Valley Combined Authorities postcode checker first to see if you could be eligible to apply. You can download that here.


The employer is required to return a completed Application Form and De-Minimis Aid Declaration to the Claims & Monitoring Team at Tees Valley Combined Authority. The Claims & Monitoring Team will acknowledge receipt and the application will then be assessed against the eligibility criteria.


All employers will be contacted by the Claims & Monitoring Team to advise on the status of their application within 10 working days.


To apply for the Apprenticeship Support Grant please fully complete the Application Form and De Minimis Aid Declaration and send to Project.Team@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk or Tees Valley Combined Authority, Cavendish House, Teesdale Business Park, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley, TS17 6QY.  If you have any queries, please contact the team on 01642 527985.


ASG Application and Employer Commitment; download.
ASG De Minimis Aid Declaration; download.
ASG Grant Guidance Notes; download.
Apprenticeship Grant Leaflet; download.



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