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Financing Skills & Employment

Businesses can access financial support to employ people or to develop their existing staff.

Local and National support and incentives for EMPLOYING PEOPLE are listed on this page below.

Funding Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Grant

Employers will be entitled to a £1,000 incentive payment for recruiting a 16-18 year old apprentice or 19-24 year old apprentice with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. This will be paid to employers in two instalments by their training provider – £500 after 3 months and £500 after 12 months.

Contact your training provider for more details.

The following local schemes are subject to availability and eligibility.

Ashfield and Mansfield Apprenticeship Grant

Graduates into Enterprise for Mansfield and Ashfield
Ashfield and Mansfield District Councils, through their Regeneration Service offer grants to eligible employers on a first come first served basis of between £1,000 and £1,500 to take on apprentices aged between 16-24.
Please note that all funding for Ashfield businesses has now been allocated, however, any applications for the Ashfield and Mansfield Apprenticeship Grant for Employers will be placed on the reserve list should any funding become available.

Creative Apprenticeship Support Programme


The Mighty Creatives are an East Midlands-based charity looking to work with local arts and cultural organisations that are passionate about developing the creative skills of the future, whilst empowering young people to become independent, confident members of the workforce that leads to growth of individuals and businesses alike.

They offer a support programme for arts and cultural organisations based in the East Midlands who are interested in creating an Apprenticeship opportunity for local young people aged 16-24 which includes:

  • Application and coordination for grant funds of £1,500 per Apprenticeship created, via the Creative Employment Programme. This will be accessed via a unified single bid to reduce bureaucracy in accessing wage subsidy funding
  • Brokerage with training providers and colleges to deliver Apprenticeship qualifications and finding the right delivery partner for you and your organisation
  • Supporting recruitment of an apprentice by coordinating advertisements of opportunities
  • Offer of training workshops to support employer in readiness for the start of an apprentice
  • Peer-to-peer support network for both employers and apprentices

Further information can be found on their website here.
To find out more about this opportunity email or call on 0116 2616 834.

Nottingham City

Notts city council logo

Businesses thinking of recruiting an apprentice within the Nottingham City area may wish to contact Nottingham Jobs to find out more about the schemes below.

The Nottingham Jobs Fund (NJF) helps you to create jobs and Apprenticeships for those who are 18+ in the city and can offer a grant of up to £4,900 towards the cost of creating a placement.

Nottingham Craft Academy Creative Apprenticeship Programme

A Nottinghamshire County Council enhanced grant of £2,000 is available to support the employment and training of a Nottinghamshire Apprentice aged 16 -24yrs with the Nottingham Craft Academy Creative Apprenticeship Programme.

Nottingham Craft Academy welcomes expressions of interest from any business that would describe themselves as creative: designer makers, artists, creative organisations, creative retailers, galleries and museums.

Register your interest at

Funding Employment Schemes


EMPLOY LOCAL offers support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area who provide employment and training to people who are currently out of work, leading to sustained employment including apprenticeships.

Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:


SKILLS LOCAL provides support and incentives to employers across the D2N2 area to provide work related training for their low skilled workers including the development of higher skills pathways such as apprenticeships and graduate placements. Up to £4000 may be available on a staged payment basis.

For more details email:

The D2N1 Youth Engagement programme

The D2N1 Youth Engagement programme offers incentives for employers taking on young people aged 16 – 24 who are currently not in education, employment or training.

For the young person, personalised support will include careers advice and guidance, mentoring, provision of motivation and confidence building support, work experience and work tasters, volunteering to develop personal skills and competencies, enterprise activities to inspire participants and raise aspirations leading to referral to appropriate education, employment or training provision. Up to £4000 may be available to a business on a staged payment basis.
For more details email:

Nottingham Jobs Fund


The Nottingham Jobs Fund (NJF) helps you to create jobs and Apprenticeships for those who are 18+ in the city and can offer a grant of up to £4,900 towards the cost of creating a placement.

Talent Match Programme Wage Fund

talent match

This fund supports 18-24 year olds not in education or employment to find suitable work with local employers in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Fund can offer a subsidy to an employer to pay for the salary costs of a young person which equates to paying an individual the minimum wage for a full time job for at least six continuous months. The Sheffield City Region LEPscheme is delivered across the local authority districts of North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Chesterfield & Bassetlaw by Bolsover CVS.

For more details contact Lorna Wallace at or Laura Khella

Funding Access and Travel to Work

Wheels to Work

Wheels to Work
Wheels to Workoffer a range of transport solutions to residents of Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire who are having difficulty getting to work or learning. Wheels to Work (W2W) solutions include moped loans, training, insurance, servicing and equipment; bicycles, both push bikes and power assisted; public transport fares; travel information and travel planning.

Work Choice and Access to Work

Job Centre Plus
Work Choice is a voluntary programme to help disabled people who find it hard to get and keep a job, and employed people whose jobs are at risk because of their disability, by offering financial support to employ a disabled person who needs specialist support.

Wage incentives worth up to £2,275 will be available for employers who can offer a job lasting 26 weeks to an 18 to 24-year-old who is participating in the Work Choice programme.
Work Choice is delivered by various organisations from the public, private and third sectors (‘providers’) and will work with you to develop a package of support specially designed for your business and the individual with the aim of developing their skills.

For further details click here.

Access to Work is a specialist disability service from Jobcentre Plus that gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment. Access to Work is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act. The employers' guide to Access to Work can be viewed here.

Funding Graduate and Student Placements

Aim Higher Scheme

Ashfield Aim Higher Scheme
The Aim Higher Scheme links SMEs with undergraduates to undertake a structured eight week business project during the summer vacation. Project placements last for 8 weeks and the scheme contributes 80% of the fixed weekly training allowance paid to the graduates.

For more details please call the Ashfield and Mansfield Regeneration Team on 01623 463152.

Graduates into Enterprise

Graduates into Enterprise for Mansfield and Ashfield
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund links high calibre, recent university graduates or postgraduates with local employers to undertake a six month fixed term placement, in order to work on a structured business project or specific piece of work.

For more details telephone: 01623 463165 or click here.

DMU Graduate Champions


DMU Graduate Champions provides businesses with the opportunity to benefit from an intensive injection of graduate-level expertise and innovation on a paid, intensive work internship. Each graduate will be contracted and paid by DMU to work 18.5 hours a week, for a period of 6 weeks from Monday 9 January until Friday 17 February 2017.

Nottingham Trent University - Graduate Placement

Nottingham Trent University
Under the Enabling Innovation project Nottingham Trent University has graduate placement options for eligible clients including 20% off the salary cost of a full time graduate, 50% contribution to the cost of short term project expertise and free access to students undertaking live projects.

The Santander NTU internship programme offers SMEs fully funded final year students or recent graduates for a three month placement.

For more details contact the NTU Santander Team

You can also register on FutureHub employers at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)


RISE is a programme that is available to businesses across the Sheffield City Region to support them to attract, recruit, train and retain graduates through internships. There is some financial support available for employers when recruiting interns.

University of Derby - Supported Internships

University of Derby
The Derby Internship Programme is available to SMEs and charities wishing to have a student for between 100 hours and six months to undertake a strategic project. Eligible employers pay a salary at minimum wage or above. The University provides a recruitment and consultation service along with an ERDF funded subsidy of £500.

To express interest in the scheme email contact details to

University of Nottingham

Santander Universities have provided the University of Nottingham with funding to cover 3-month internships/projects with SMEs. For more details tel: 0115 7484522 or email

Notts Postgraduate Placements
One or two postgraduates can be placed in any one SME over the lifetime of the programme, working for an average of 150-200hrs each on a strategic business project. The postgraduates receive a training allowance of £10.03 per hour and company partners make a contribution to the costs of £3.35 per hour (plus VAT).

Loughborough University

Loughborough University

Loughborough University has been chosen by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to pilot a new Placement scheme for Engineering students who are undertaking IMechE accredited degree courses. SME engineering companies with less than 250 employees, who have not previously taken on a placement student, can benefit from grant support of £2000 to participate in this scheme by providing a structured placement for a minimum of 45 weeks.
For more details please contact Sophie Kanabar on 01509 222099 or email

University of Leicester

University of Leicester
Connecting SMEs with Talent
Support and financial assistance of £1500 - £2000 to recruit and employ a graduate on a long or short term basis

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Funding could be available to support full-time and part-time internships of four to nine weeks, with current students and recent graduates of the University. The scheme is available to local and national businesses, charities and social enterprises of any size. To find out more and register interest, contact the Employment Team on 0114 225 3940 or email