Grants for Apprenticeships
Small and medium-sized employers in South Yorkshire have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeship funding under the Grants for Apprenticeships (GAP) initiative.
Since 1st April 2015, as part of the continuing devolution of employment, training and business support to local management, Sheffield City Council - working on the behalf of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority - has administered the GAP initiative; the locally devolved equivalent of the national AGE (Apprenticeship Grants for Employers) scheme.
Sheffield City Council works closely with the Combined Authority, the Skills Funding Agency and training providers to ensure the GAP initiative and process for claiming grants is consistent with the national AGE scheme, whilst also responding to local priorities and needs.
Grants of between £1,120 and £2,450 are available to qualifying South Yorkshire employers who have 100 employees or fewer and meet certain other criteria.
Up to 4 GAP Grants are available to any employer offering any apprenticeship where:
- The apprentice’s workplace is in South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham or Sheffield)
- The employer has no more than 100 employees
- The newly-employed apprentice is aged from 16 to 24 years old.
- The apprentice completes a minimum of 13 weeks in employment and learning
- The employer has received fewer than 4 GAP Grants previously
GAP Grants are payable directly to employers, but for them to apply, the training provider that is supporting their apprenticeship must first contact the GAP Team to initiate the application process.
The application process has been streamlined for 2016 in a bid to ensure the payment of GAP Grants – where all paperwork has been completed on time and in full – within a maximum of 20 weeks of the apprentice’s course enrolment date.
Training providers wishing to access GAP grants on behalf of an employer they are working with should first register their interest by submitting a Request for GAP Grant form to the GAP Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team will then contact the employer directly regarding their GAP Grant and support them through the application process.
Important notice for all training providers:
Where an apprentice is recruited to a position for which a South Yorkshire GAP grant is to be claimed, you must continue to use the same LMD code as is used for the AGE grant when completing the learner’s ILR.
Please note, the GAP Grant eligibility criteria and payment processes may be altered at any time by the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority. Training providers and employers will be informed of any alteration which affects their application.