How do I take on an apprentice for my business?

A young person aged 16 to 24 could be a great addition to your business. There are a wide range of local training providers offering fantastic courses and Business Bolton can support you in finding the right one for your apprenticeship role.

Finding the right young person and training provider is delivered through our free recruitment support with links to local skills advice or the Team Bolton Partnership. Contact us on 01204 336258 or 336129  .


Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GM AGE)

GM AGE is a grant of £1,500 for companies who haven’t employed an apprentice in the last 12 months and replaces the national AGE grant for GM Employers.  To qualify, companies must have:

  • under 250 employees
  • appoint an apprentice aged between 16 and 24
  • Employ them in a Greater Manchester workplace for a minimum of 12 months or the time it takes them to complete the apprenticeship

Employers can also apply for additional incentives worth £1,000 if their apprentice is progressing from a completed Traineeship to an Apprenticeship and then progresses to a Higher Apprenticeship.  If criteria for all elements are met, you may be eligible for a total grant of up to £3,500. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until 31st July 2017.

What do I do next?

Employers linked to a training provider should consult them for further advice. Employers not linked to a training provider should contact Business Bolton on 01204 336222 or


Apprenticeship Levy and Digital Apprenticeship Service?

It's an interesting time for apprenticeships and there are plenty of changes happening. From April, Government will fund apprenticeships differently. Employers with an annual pay bill of over £3million will be required to pay a contribution (Levy) towards apprenticeship training which will be offset by a £15,000 allowance.

The Digital Apprenticeship Service is now live for employers and will support businesses to select a Framework or Standard, choose a training provider and advertise and recruit apprenticeship vacancies.

The changes also mean that there will be new incentives for small businesses to take on an apprentice. The Team Bolton Partnership held a well attended event in January to support businesses affected by the Levy and we are continuing to support all employers by providing impartial advice and guidance.

Team Bolton would like to work with you to shape apprenticeship provision locally. If you would like further information on this, or have any training and recruitment queries please contact