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Successful businesses are built around their people

Tees Valley Business is keen to help your business develop its workforce to reach their potential.

Through our key delivery partners, NBSL and Calderdale College, we offer support to businesses to develop their leadership and management capacity, as well as to upskill their workforce.

Skills support for the workforce

Almost £7million is now available for SMEs in Tees Valley to access training.

Delivered by Calderdale College and working through a network of locally based, professional training providers, our Skills Support for the Workforce project offers fully funded training to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth.

We can help businesses develop and implement bespoke training programmes which will help to meet their growth ambitions by satisfying their workforce’s immediate and long term skills need.

If you are an SME based in Tees Valley, you may be eligible for free training through the Skills Support for the Workforce project. Training is funded by the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.

Tees Valley – skills support for the workforce


Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

Please be aware we are at this time only accepting electronic applications, postal applications will not be considered, please ensure your application form is sent to the Project Team inbox:

In the extraordinary times we find ourselves in due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Tees Valley Combined Authority would like to support businesses to help them retain as many apprentices as possible and ensure their employment continues.

We still have grant support available, the details of which can be found below. If you are a business ​that employs apprentices, you can find more information about Government support and guidance for employers by clicking here.

Tees Valley Combined Authority is continuing to support Apprenticeships in Tees Valley and will be offering a new Grant for Apprenticeship starts from 1st February 2020.

Tees Valley Combined Authority supports the creation of Apprenticeships in the Tees Valley areas of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.  The support is designed to assist employers who are committed to creating new Apprenticeships or progressing their existing Apprentice onto a higher level of Apprenticeship.

Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020, the Apprenticeship training must be provided by a training provider approved by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The Grant supports SMEs who create Apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand and growth from employers as identified in the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan.

The Priority Sectors 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 SMEs 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

The employer and Apprentice must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 Apprenticeship start date)
  • Apprentices workplace must be located in Tees Valley (see postcode checker available on the website)
  • Employer must commit to paying the Apprentice at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage for their age, including time for off-the-job training
  • Employer must ensure the Apprenticeship is being delivered by an approved training provider (see Register of Training Providers)
  • Apprentice and Employer must commit to completing a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes to complete the Apprenticeship
  • Apprentices must start their learning from 1st February 2020

**Tees Valley Combined Authority will determine if your company falls within one of our identified priority sectors

For more information and to apply click here.

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