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:
http://www.thedataservice.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/4A13E864-E4EB-444F-A80B-C223686AE061/0/June2013_ ApprenticeshipGrantforEmployersScheme_August Update.xls