Criteria to apply for funding

Expand the boxes below to see the different criteria to apply for funding.

Funding to cover the cost of apprenticeship training for a new member of staff

If you want to apply for funding to cover the cost of provision of apprenticeship training for an apprentice role you need to meet the following criteria:

  • The apprentice must be a Salford resident
  • The organisation must have less than 250 employees
  • The organisation must have a Salford business address
  • The salary must be the National Living Wage rate (for 25 and over)*

*Employer must pay at least the ‘National Living Wage for 25 years of age +’ to all its employees regardless of age (from April 2019 this is £8.21 per hour) or be working towards paying their employees the Foundation Living Wage.

Funding will be prioritised to:

  • Priority groups: those not in employment, education or training; looked after children; special educational needs and disabilities; Salford futures; young offender; benefit claimants 18+
  • Key sectors: including health, social care, education, digital, construction, hospitality, business and professional services

Funding to support with employment costs (up to £3,000 per organisation) for a new apprentice

The SME Apprenticeship Support initiative has been introduced to provide a financial incentive to organisations who employ less than 250 members of staff and have a wage bill less than £3 million and who have not hosted an apprentice since 1 April 2017 (if at all).

Key information about the grant

  • Is valued at £3,000 per employer.
  • Successful applicants are eligible for one SME grant only.
  • Will only be available to non-Apprenticeship levy paying organisations employing apprentices on approved apprenticeship standards.
  • The employer’s and apprentice must be based in Salford.
  • Will only be granted where at least one new apprenticeship opportunity has been created (the grant is for new roles only, not to convert existing jobs into an apprenticeship).
  • Will not be awarded to employers who have already identified a training provider and/or an apprentice.*
  • Salford Council wants to work with employers who are open to providing opportunities to unemployed and underemployed residents.*
  • All grant applications must be approved and committed prior to 29 March 2020. No new applications will be processed beyond 29 March 2020.
  • No aspect of the activity funded by GMCA may be party-political in intention, use, or presentation or used to support or promote religious activity.

*Successful applicants will be encouraged to access support from the Stimulating Employer Demand for Apprenticeships (SEDA) project for workforce planning support and advice (including finding the right apprenticeship standard and training provider) and the Apprenticeship Recruitment Pool for dedicated recruitment support to help you identify apprenticeship candidates.

Eligibility criteria

Your organisation will have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria:

  • The organisation will employ the apprentice for at least the time it takes to complete their apprenticeship programme.
  • Grants must only be made where the apprenticeship(s) is a new opportunity, adding to the head count of an organisation.
  • The employer will pay the apprentice at least the National Minimum Wage, appropriate for the apprentice’s age, including time for off the job training.
  • For apprenticeships at level 4 and above the employer must to pay the apprentice National Minimum Wage associated with a 25 years old and above (£8.21 per hour) regardless of the age of the apprentice.
  • A job progression or sustainability plan must be in place for each apprentice i.e. the role(s) must be a sustainable job or have a clearly identified progression route.
  • The employer has not previously employed an apprentice or where the employer has previously employed an apprentice, it has been more than 2 years since their last apprentice completed their programme.
  • The apprentice will be employed in a Salford workplace.
  • The employer is a non-levy paying organisation in the United Kingdom, as recorded by the Employer Data Service (EDS).
  • The employer will complete a State Aid declaration form, confirming that they are aware of and do not breach any State Aid rules. Note: This must be returned as part of the grant application.

Funding

  • The grant will become payable at phased intervals, but as an employer you will be expected to employ the apprentice for at least the time it takes to complete their apprenticeship programme.
  • £1,500 will become payable when your apprentice has completed eight weeks in post and a further £1,500 will be payable after the apprentice completes 26 weeks. Apprentices must have been in post for at least eight weeks and 26 respectively, with this confirmed by the apprenticeship provider, before a grant is paid to an employer.

Note: No pro-rata payments will be made, within the relevant phased interval. Salford Council will consider all applications, which meet the grant criteria, but funding is not guaranteed. 

Grants are subject to further eligibility checks and funding availability and the completion of the grant’s application process is not a guarantee of grant funding.

How to apply

You can apply for SME Apprenticeship Support by completing an online application form 

For more information, contact David Timperley by emailing david.timperley@salford.gov.uk or call him direct on 0161 793 2533.

Funding to cover the cost of apprenticeship training for your existing workforce

If you want to apply for funding to cover the cost of provision of apprenticeship training for your existing workforce you need to meet the following criteria: 

  • The organisation must have less than 250 employees
  • The organisation must have a Salford business address
  • The salary must be the national living wage rate (for 25 and over)*

*Employer must pay at least the ‘National Living Wage for 25 years of age +’ to all its employees regardless of age (from April 2019 this is £8.21 per hour) or be working towards paying their employees the Foundation Living Wage.

Funding will be prioritised to:

  • Key sectors: including health, social care, education, digital, construction, hospitality, business and professional services
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