SME Apprenticeship Support and Grant Package
Small businesses in the borough can now take advantage of a new £1.9m apprenticeship support package from Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA). The package offers workforce planning support and a local grant to support the employment of a new apprentice.
SME Workforce Planning Support
SEDA has a group of specialist advisors with all the latest knowledge around Apprenticeship training and upskilling. They provide advice on the funding available to employers across Greater Manchester. Their goal is to share their expertise and know-how and will support your business to review and determine your business needs, helping you to identify the right apprenticeship programme to support your business.
SME Apprentice Support Grant
SME businesses in Bolton will have access to a grant of £3000 to support the employment of a new apprentice (any age).
To be eligible, businesses would be required to:
- Be located in Bolton
- Ensure the apprenticeship is a new opportunity, adding to the headcount for the organisation
- Pay the apprentice at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for age
- Have not employed an apprentice for the last 2 years
- Be a non-levy payer i.e. has a pay bill of less than £3m per year
You can apply for funding using our online expression of interest form (EOI). On receipt of your EOI Business Bolton will contact you and advise you on eligibility. If you are eligible an application pack will be posted out and a meeting organised within 10 working days.
For businesses that are not eligible a referral can be made to SEDA for apprenticeship workforce planning support. If you are not sure if your business is ready to take on an apprenticeship SEDA will be able to provide business advice and guidance.
Fully completed grant applications will be considered by Business Bolton within four weeks. We advise that you secure approval for the grant before the apprentice starts employment as funding cannot be guaranteed until it is determined that the business meets the terms and conditions within the grant application.