Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) businesses and (b) small and medium-sized enterprises have benefited from the Apprenticeship Grants for Employers of 16 to 24 year olds Scheme to date.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16-24) provides payments of £1,500 to employers, with up to 1,000 employees, taking on new Apprentices aged 16-24.

A breakdown of payments made to employers by business size is not available.

Provisional data show that between 1 February 2012 and 30 April 2013, 30,300 employer workplaces received payment to take on an Apprentice through AGE 16-24. A further 4,000 workplaces have taken on an Apprentice through AGE 16-24 but the Apprentice has not yet been in post for 13 weeks for the employer to have been paid the £1,500 grant.

The number of Apprenticeship starts through the AGE 16 to 24 scheme are published in a Supplementary Table to the SFR: ApprenticeshipGrantforEmployersScheme_August Update.xls

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