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Shepway Apprentice Scheme

Find out more information about the Apprenticeship Scheme, who can apply and how to apply.

Shepway District Council has offered grant funding for local employers to take on Shepway residents as apprentices.  Our apprenticeship scheme has been in operation since April 2012 and almost 240 apprenticeships have been support in the first three years.

We have reaffirmed our commitment to the Shepway Apprenticeship Scheme with £100,000 of funding available in 2015/16. We are aiming to support at least 75 apprenticeships over the year.

Our scheme offers grants of up to £1,500 to Shepway businesses to employ local people as apprentices.

Who can apply? 

Any Shepway business can apply, although we have a focus on businesses in specific sectors and in key employment areas where we are specifically looking to encourage job creation.
Further information is available in the pdf icon guidance notes [212kb]

What grants are offered? 

We offer grants of £1,500 per apprentice to businesses in the priority sectors and located in a key employment area. We offer grants of £1,250 per apprentice to Shepway businesses that are either in one of the priority sectors or located in a key employment area.

If you are not in one of the priority sectors outlined or located in a key employment area, we will offer a grant of up to £1,000 per apprentice.

How many grants can be offered?

A maximum of three apprenticeship grants may be offered at any one time per business, except to those in the hair and beauty sector where the maximum is capped at 1 apprentice per business.
This is due to high demand from this sector in the previous scheme and a desire to encourage other sectors to take on an apprentice.

Who can be an apprentice? 

The scheme is only open to individuals who live within Shepway District, are not in full time education, are aged over 16 and are able to work in England.  We will support apprenticeships for all age groups, but we are expecting the majority to be aged 21 and below.

What types of apprenticeships are supported? 

Apprenticeships must run for a minimum of one year and the training must be given by an accredited apprenticeship Training Provider.

The apprentice must be working and studying for a combined total of at least 30 hours a week. Apprentices must be paid both for the hours they spend working and for those that they spend studying.

How to apply for the scheme

If you are interested in applying for a Shepway Apprenticeship grant, please contact Richard Murrill  on  01303 853506 or email