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Apprenticeship Grant Funding Programmes

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Apprenticeship Grants of up to £5,000


Schools in the borough may be interested in a number of apprenticeship grant programmes currently offering grants of up to £5,000 to local employers.


The #SeeDifferent SME Apprenticeship Support Programme offers grants of £3,000 to local employers who meet the eligibility criteria. All types of apprenticeship are eligible, including administration, digital media, teaching assistants and IT. There is also no age criteria for this scheme, although the school would need to commit to paying the apprentice the National Minimum Wage for age.

Wigan Council's Apprenticeships for Young People (AYP) programme was launched in autumn 2018 and offers grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 to local employers, including schools, who recruit an eligible apprentice and meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme. The AYP programme has been introduced to encourage local employers to recruit apprentices in key priority growth sectors:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Digital

It is the type of apprenticeship that meets the criteria, which is where schools in Wigan borough may be able to take advantage of this offer. For schools, appropriate eligible apprenticeships may include:

  • Facilities management
  • Property maintenance
  • Social media
  • Digital marketing
  • IT infrastructure Technician

For full details of both programmes, visit the Wigan's Business Support webpage where you can also submit an online expression of interest / application for the funding.


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To be eligible for these programmes, the school must:
  • Have a Wigan base
  • Recruit a Wigan resident to the apprenticeship
  • Pay National Minimum Wage (not Apprenticeship Wage).

The apprenticeship must be a new role and not used to up-skill an existing member of staff.

If your school is keen to look at apprenticeship options but needs further support and guidance, please get in touch and we can look at the options available.

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Wigan Council’s Apprenticeships for Young People (AYP) programme which offers grants of between £2,000 and £5,000 for local businesses who recruit an apprentice and meet the eligibility criteria. The programme is targeting Wigan’s priority growth sectors of construction; manufacturing; engineering and digital and the type of apprenticeship must fall into one of these categories.
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Eligibility Criteria

From a school perspective, appropriate apprenticeships may include facilities management; property maintenance; social media; digital marketing and IT infrastructure Technician.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Employer having a Wigan base
  • Employer paying National Minimum Wage (not apprenticeship wage)
  • Apprentice being a Wigan resident.

Both levy-paying and non-levy paying schools are eligible for this programme, subject to meeting other criteria.
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Support Available

Wigan Council's Economy & Skills Team is able to support local schools who are considering apprenticeship recruitment but require advice and guidance. This may including costs and funding availability; apprenticeship suitability and availability; delivery models; training providers and so on.
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Matt Stockwell

Economy & Skills Team

Wigan Council

01942 489177

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