£1,500 apprenticeship grants available for small businesses from January 2015

The AGE 16 to 24 programme is a great incentive for employers who have been thinking about recruiting an apprentice.

The current programme is available until December 2014 and is aimed at employers with less than 1000 employees.

A new AGE 16 to 24 programme is being launched in January 2015. This programme will be aimed at small businesses who have less than 50 employees. Businesses will be given the opportunity to take advantage of a maximum of 5 apprenticeship grants of £1,500 towards taking on an apprentice.

Which employers are eligible?

The programme is open to businesses throughout England. To obtain a grant employers must:

  • Confirm that they are not able to recruit an apprentice without a grant,
  • Have less than 50 employees,
  • Confirm that they have not recruited an apprentice in the 12 month period before the start date of the apprentice for whom the grant is for,
  • Pledge to employ the apprentice for a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes them to complete their Apprenticeship,
  • Confirm that they are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules by receiving the grant,
  • Agree to pay the apprentice in line with legal minimum requirements or more.

For a full eligibility outline please see: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/~/media/Documents/AGE16TO24/AGE%20Employer%20Fact%20Sheet%20v17%20Final.ashx

If you would like to find out more or to apply for a grant please contact us. We are currently working with a wide range of businesses throughout Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and further afield helping them to develop their businesses with an apprenticeship programme.

Mizuna Training – in the spot light

1. What inspired you to set up your training business?

After training our own staff, it inspired us to want to give something back and we enjoyed being part of someone’s development. At Mizuna Training, we want to help both the business and the staff.


2. What makes you stand out from competitors who also offer apprenticeship programmes?

We provide a highly personal service with strong industry knowledge, work with small independents and understand that learners’ results matter. We can spend more time with employers to make sure that the skill gaps that they have in the business are filled.


3. What geographical areas do you cover?

We cover Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Berkshire and along the M4.


4. For apprenticeships, what is the typical process that you go through with a client?

The process involves an initial consultation, locating the skill gaps, putting a learning plan in place to address them and helping to train the mentor in that business as well as the apprentice.


5. If an employer is looking to enrol an individual on an apprenticeship programme within an industry that is not listed on the website, is this something that you still may be able to help with?

Yes, most of the apprenticeships that we offer can be relevant across a wide range of sectors.


6. What are the main benefits of taking on an apprentice?

There are many proven cost benefits with taking on an apprentice (statistics coming soon).

Apprentices are trained to company’s requirements, enabling the business to mould the candidate to fit better within their business.

Apprenticeships improve staff turnover, which therefore reduces recruitment cost.


7. For the recruitment side of Mizuna Training, what is the typical process that you go through with a client?

The process involves helping the business to understand their role and expectations, create a job specification, decide on a salary, identify if development is available or required, place job adverts, help with telephone screening and more.


8. For the short courses that you offer, is there a limit to the number of people that can attend at a time?

Our short courses have a capacity range from 6-10 people.

The location is variable; we can go to a premises or book a venue.


9. What benefits are there for an apprentice?

Benefits include:

  • One-to-one training with an impartial outside mentor.
  • Support
  • The mentor is not only there to help the business, but has an interest in developing the individual.