Terms and conditions

Apprenticeship for Young people (AYP) Programme

  • Businesses must sign up to The Deal for Business
  • Businesses must be trading from a location within Wigan Borough
  • Businesses must commit to the employment of a local resident for the apprenticeship programme
  • Recruit an apprentice who is a Wigan resident aged between 16 and 24 years who has the right to work in England
  • Pay the National Minimum Wage for age and not Apprenticeship Minimum Wage
  • Recruit a new apprentice and not apply for funding for an existing employee (in-principle approval must be awarded by our panel prior to an apprenticeship agreement being signed and employment commencing)
  • Provide formal certificated evidence at the end of the apprenticeship to enable final release of payments, based on successful completion.

Once funding has been approved in-principle

Businesses will need to:

  • Sign an Apprenticeship Agreement at the start of the apprenticeship, which confirms individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the business and provide a copy to us as evidence.
  • Have a Commitment Statement/learning plan (ILP), signed by the business, the apprentice and the main provider. This sets out the plan for the agreed training. A copy of the Commitment Statement must be provided to us as evidence.
  • During the apprenticeship, the business must:
    • Ensure that the apprentice is taking part in learning throughout the apprenticeship
    • Ensure that the apprentice has the appropriate support and supervision on the job to carry out their job role.
    • Evidence the apprentice's average weekly hours
    • Ensure that at least 20% of the apprentice’s paid hours, over the planned duration of the apprenticeship, must be spent on off-the-job training
    • Consent to allowing the chosen training provider to share information and update us on the progress (consent from the apprentice will be required).
  • Commit to supporting the apprentice into full-time employment at the end of the apprenticeship (there is an expectation that the job is sustainable). Where this is not possible, the apprentice must be supported by their provider and the business to seek alternative opportunities.
  • There must be a genuine job available during the apprenticeship. By genuine we mean that:
    • The apprentice must have a contract of service with the business, or be employed by an apprenticeship training agency, which is long enough for them to complete the apprenticeship successfully including the end-point assessment if applicable
    • The cost of the apprentice’s wages must be met by the business
    • The apprentice must have a job role (or roles) with the business that provides the opportunity for them to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship
    • The apprentice must have appropriate support and supervision on the job, by the business, to carry out their job role
  • Understand that only one application per business is permitted. Please contact the team if you are looking to recruit additional apprentices, as in certain circumstances it may be possible to support more than one grant
  • Understand that funding is for apprenticeships from 12 months to 4 years
  • Businesses will need to agree to be supported by the Business Engagement team and regularly liaise with them
  • Businesses must agree to promotion through our media channels
  • Businesses will receive our monthly Business Bulletin with relevant news and information on services for Wigan Borough businesses
  • All businesses supported through the Apprenticeships for Young People (AYP) Programme will commit to support positive PR, should this be requested by Wigan Council
  • Any publicity produced by the business must include, as a minimum, the Wigan Council logo as detailed in the legal agreement. In addition, publicity must also acknowledge support through the Deal for Business.
  • Training providers chosen to undertake the apprenticeship training will be expected to advertise all vacancies via the National Apprenticeship Service/Find An Apprenticeship Service, should this external recruitment be necessary
  • Adhere to De minimis rules set out in state aid regulations.

Payments

  • Payments will be made:
    • For programmes lasting up to 2 years - £1,000 will be paid on confirmation that your apprentice has commenced employment with your business and £1,000 after confirmation that the apprentice has completed the apprenticeship.
    • For programmes lasting 2 years (but less than 3 years) - £1,000 will be paid on confirmation that your apprentice has commenced employment with your business and £2,000 after confirmation that the apprentice has completed the apprenticeship.
    • For programmes lasting 3 years (but less than 4 years) - £1,000 will be paid on confirmation that your apprentice has commenced employment with your business; a further £1,000 will be paid at 18 months and £2,000 after confirmation that the apprentice has completed the apprenticeship.
    • For programmes lasting 4 years or more - £1,000 will be paid on confirmation that your apprentice has commenced employment with your business; £1,000 will be paid at 18 months and again at 36 months with a final payment of £2,000 after confirmation that the apprentice has completed the programme.
  • The duration of the apprenticeship will be based on the typical duration specified by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) or equivalent body or the actual duration of the apprenticeship, whichever is shorter. Where accreditation of prior learning (APL) has been applied and the duration of the apprenticeship has been reduced accordingly, it is this reduced duration that will be used to calculate the grant amount.
  • By submitting an application for this programme, the business is committing to supporting local priority candidates (aged 16 - 24) from our employment and skills programmes.
  • Businesses must have no current business rates arrears and by applying for this funding are consenting for checks to be carried out
  • Businesses must have no outstanding debts with Wigan Council and by applying for this funding are consenting for checks to be carried out
  • Businesses must be up to date with their business rates payments and continue to meet their payment dates
  • Understand that failure to keep up with your business rates payments, as set out on your business rates bill, could result in payments being stopped.
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