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Apprenticeships are playing an increasingly important role in Tees Valley industry, helping to meet the needs of a growing and rapidly changing local economy.

Training and investing in apprentices can bring a wide range of business benefits. Whether that is through filling skills gaps, bringing fresh insights and ideas, or upskilling and revitalising the workforce to make sure your business is ready for the future.

Here’s how we can support your business…


Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support Grant

Tees Valley Combined Authority’s Apprenticeship Support Grant supports the creation of Apprenticeships across the Tees Valley (Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees).  The grant is designed to help employers who are committed to creating a new Apprenticeship, or progressing their existing Apprentice onto a higher level of Apprenticeship.

The grant supports SME’s who create Apprenticeships in sectors facing high demand and growth from employers, as identified in the Tees Valley’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The Priority Sectors being supported by the grant are:

Advanced ManufacturingProcess, Chemicals & Energy
LogisticsHealth & Biologics
Digital & CreativeBusiness & Professional Services
ConstructionHealth Care
Culture & LeisureEducation


What funding is available?

For SME’s identified by Tees Valley Combined Authority as being in one of the Priority Sectors, there are two grants available:

  • Apprentices aged 16-18 – £3,000
  • Apprentices aged 19+ – £2,000

For SME’s not identified as being in one of the Priority Sectors, there is a grant of £500 available for Apprentices aged 19+.

Tees Valley Combined Authority will assess the application and will advise on which grant, if any, you could be eligible for.


Who can access the funding?

The employer and Apprentice must meet the following criteria:

SME (249 or less employees across all sites) – Priority Sectors onlySME (49 or less employees across all sites) – Non-Priority Sectors
Workplace must be in the Tees ValleyBusiness must have been trading for a minimum of 12 months prior to the Apprentice starting
Apprentice must be paid ANMWMust commit to completing a min of 12 months or the time it takes to complete the 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).


How to Apply

Applications should be made directly to Tees Valley Combined Authority. For more information and to apply click here.





Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

From 11 January 2022 you can apply for an incentive payment of £3,000 for new apprentices who join your organisation.

The payment is in addition to the Tees Valley Apprenticeship Support grant. You can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel, or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.

To be eligible, the apprentices must both:

  • start their employment at your organisation between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022
  • start their apprenticeship between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022

You must apply directly through your apprenticeship service account. Click here for help in setting up your account.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2022.

Find out if you are eligible, what you can use the payment for and how to apply.


Further grant support is available via the Government.  Click here to find out more.
You can also find additional resources to support your business with Apprenticeships, by clicking here.

Can we help your business?

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