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Apprenticeship Employer Grant

Applications are open for the SDS Apprenticeship Employer Grant. 

Whether it’s hiring someone new or developing an existing employee, apprenticeships can help provide the skills your business needs.

The grant was backed by the Scottish Government following consultation with SAAB to develop support for employers in the response to the impact of the pandemic on the Scottish economy. 

Through the grant, employers who take on an apprentice can access up to £5000 through a new Scottish Government initiative developed in response to the pandemic.   
Applications are open to eligible employers where the apprenticeship start date was on or after 1 December 2020. Funding will be available for starts until 25 March 2021 or until funding levels are exceeded, whichever comes first. 
The Apprentice Employer Grant (AEG) is available to help you to recruit new Modern or Graduate Apprentices within your business or upskilling existing employees.
  • £5,000 for employers taking on or upskilling a 16 to 24-year through a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, and for those aged up to 29 years who have a disability, are care experienced or are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.  
  • £3,500 for employers taking on or upskilling an individual aged 25 and over through a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship. 
  • If applications are for upskilling existing employees, the grant specifically supports those who have changed job roles within the last four months.
  • Funding can be accessed for up to 10 new starts per employer. 

All information and grant conditions with FAQs, guidance and a link to the application form can be accessed on apprenticeships.scot.