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Apprenticeship Grant

Walsall Works is aimed at helping eligible employers to offer employment through an apprenticeship programme, by providing them a financial incentive payment towards wages to assist employers in recruiting apprentices.

Since 2012, Walsall Works have provided over 650 grants to Walsall businesses taking on local young people.

These financial incentives are to unlock new apprenticeships in businesses with fewer than 250 staff that work in our ‘growth sectors’ of Manufacturing and Engineering, Construction and Environmental Technologies, Financial and Business Services, Creative and Digital Services, Health and Social Care and Logistics.

Criteria

  • The Employer must pay rates to Walsall MBC and have less than 250 staff
  • The Apprentice must live in the Walsall MBC area
  • Apprentice must be employed a minimum of 35 hours
  • Grant is dependant on the age and minimum wage of the apprentice listed below
    • £3,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 16 or 17 at a rate of £4.35 per hour
    • £4,500 for employers taking on a young person aged 18 to 20 at a rate of £6.15 per hour
    • £6,000 for employers taking on a young person aged 21 to 24 at a rate of £7.70 per hour

Which employers are eligible for Walsall Works?

The programme seeks to support small and medium sized employers (businesses that employ up to 250 employees) who pay their business rates to Walsall Council.

Employers in our growth sectors who can offer new and additional apprenticeships to young people aged 16-24 years old will be eligible. We will target those employers who traditionally have not taken on apprentices, those who would not otherwise have been in a position to recruit an apprentice at this point in time. All employers should intend for the apprenticeship to progress to a permanent and sustainable position.

What is the employer’s commitment?

  • Confirmation that they would not have taken the apprentice on without this additional incentive
  • A commitment sustain the apprentice’s employment for a minimum 26 weeks after completion of their apprenticeship
  • Confirmation that they are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules
  • Agreement to pay the Walsall Works hourly rates for apprentices
  • Agreement to offer a minimum employment of at least 35 hours per week
  • Agreement that the most appropriate training and supervision is provided

Which young people are eligible?

Our focus is to support those young people who reside in Walsall who are currently not in education, employment or training to secure a positive pathway. The young person will have to live in a household that pay their Council Tax to Walsall Council. They would need to provide evidence of the address and postcode that they are living in.

What are the responsibilities of the employer?

The Employer must provide the young person with the appropriate levels of supervision, support and mentoring. You will need to give the apprentice an induction into their role and provide on the job training or off the job in a training establishment. As with all employees, you are responsible for their wages.

What is the required duration of the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship needs to last a minimum of 12 months. The apprentice is required to complete a minimum of 35 hours per week, this includes time off for training.

How will employers receive the incentive payment?

Payments will be made via training providers who will manage the payments to employers and these will be paid in arrears in three instalments. 25% will be paid after four weeks completion of the young person starting their apprenticeship. A second instalment of 50% at the mid-point of the apprenticeship and the final 25% will be paid when the employers confirm they can offer sustainable employment. Sustainable employment is defined as employment for 26 weeks after the end of the apprenticeship.

The payments will be administered by the Walsall Council and paid through quality assured training providers who will manage the payments and paperwork.

how to apply

Just contact us on 01922 654353 or via email at walsallworks@walsall.gov.uk