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As an Employer you already know that training your workforce is a good idea, but Apprenticeships are even better, they are designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance.

Key benefits of employing an Apprentice

  • Motivated & skilled workforce
  • Cost effective
  • Lower recruitment costs
  • Build skills within your business
  • Improve profitability
  • Increased employing satisfaction

How does it work?

A training provider/college will support an employer to:

  • Identify the Apprenticeship that fits your business requirements
  • Help to recruit an Apprentice
  • Develop a training plan which reflects the Apprentice and employer requirements
  • Support the delivery of the training programme, carry out assessments and deliver training

Responsibilities of Employers

  • Provide an induction and training
  • Responsible for paying an Apprentice at least the minimum wage for Apprentices £6.40
  • Offer a minimum of 30 hours a week paid employment
  • Provide Apprentices with the same benefits as other employers
  • Provide a contract of employment
  • Allow time for off-the job training
  • An Apprenticeship agreement must be signed between Apprentice and employers

Tees Valley Apprenticeship Grants

Tees Valley Combined Authority are continuing to support Apprenticeships in Tees Valley areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.  Priority sectors that are 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


Apprenticeship Support Grant is available to SME’s 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

For any employers who do not fall into one of the above Priority Sectors, the following Grant is available:

  • Apprentices Aged 19+ – Grant of £500 is available


  • Be an SME (249 or less employees, across all sites) (Priority Sectors only)
  • Be an SME (49 or less employees, across all sites) (Non-Priority Sectors)
  • Business must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months (up to the Apprenticeship start date)
  • An employer must commit to paying the Apprentice at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage 
  • Apprentice and Employer must commit to completing a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes to complete the Apprenticeship
  • Apprentices workplace must be located in Tees Valley (see postcode checker available on the website)

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The Apprenticeship Support Grant is designed to help employers who are committed to creating a new apprenticeship or progressing their existing apprentice onto a higher level of apprenticeship.