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Hi, I'm 17 years old and completed my GCSE's last July. I went into Sixth Form until January 2013 but really didn't enjoy it, so I left and got a part-time job that I love in retail. I'm not looking to go to Uni, but I do want to get....... Read More
Where are the higher apprenticeship grants?
If there's one thing that we know it's apprenticeships. Every month we speak to hundreds of thousands young people who often (very eloquently, regardless of whether they're wearing a hoodie or not) tell us two things:
2) They want to know why there seem to be relatively few higher apprenticeships.
But what about that second point - why are higher apprenticeships thin on the ground compared to intermediate apprenticeships.
Currently, companies can claim a grant of £1,500 for offering an apprenticeship to a young person. However, 100% of that grant is only available if they are aged 16-18. For 19-year-olds (i.e. anyone who has done A-Levels generally) this drops to 50% .
That's why we're putting this question out to the world this week: "Why is a 19-year-old worth 50% of an apprenticeship grant?" We'd love it if you'd ask your MP (check your MP, most of them are on Twitter too (use #19sworth100%) ) - this way we hope to get an answer, so we can let you all know. If enough of us ask the question, we can even change the answer.