Grant rates depend on the higher apprenticeship type and the duration of the course.
Rates are fixed for the duration of the higher apprenticeship as given in the Grants Scheme year the apprenticeship starts, even if they change in later Grants Scheme years.
Programmes under the new higher apprenticeship standards may vary in length, so attendance grants are prorated based on their duration.
From the 1 April 2019 new higher apprentices will be entitled to the grant rates detailed below:
£2,500 for each year of attendance on a higher apprenticeship.
£3,500 for achievement of a higher apprentice framework or EPA.
- For example, the total payment for a 2-year higher apprenticeship would be £8,500
(2 x £2,500 + £3,500).
- The total payment for a 4-year higher apprenticeship would be £13,500
(4 x £2,500 + £3,500).
Only apprentices starting their higher apprenticeship with their provider after 1 April 2019 will be eligible for the newly increased payment rates.
The achievement grant of £3,500 will be paid to all higher apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.
See Apprenticeships for England and Wales for the apprenticeships this grant will support.
See Apprenticeships for Scotland for the apprenticeships this grant will support.
If you do not see a higher apprenticeship in the current list of those eligible for grant, you can complete an online form to suggest it for consideration.
Payment of grants
You will be eligible for attendance grants once your higher apprentice has completed 13 weeks of continuous contracted employment.
For information on how we pay Higher apprenticeship grants, please refer to How to apply above.
Change of employers
If a higher apprentice changes employers during their apprenticeship, attendance and achievement grants will be paid pro-rata according to the proportion of the total training package completed with each employer.
Registrations before 1 April 2019
We will continue to make payments at the appropriate rate for the remainder of the programme for higher apprentices who started their training and registered for grant support before the start of the 2019/2020 Grants Scheme year (1 April 2019).
The current rate before the 1 April 2019 for each year of attendance on a higher apprenticeship is £1,125.
The current rate for a higher apprentice framework achievement or EPA is £3,125.
- For example, the total payment for a 2-year higher apprenticeship would be £5,375
(2 x £1,125 + £3,125).
- The total payment for a 4-year higher apprenticeship would be £7,625
(4 x £1,125 + £3,125).
The same applies to apprentices who:
- qualified for Enhanced Apprenticeship Support (formerly known as Supplementary Payment), and
- started training and registered for grant support before 1 April 2019.
The new achievement grant of £3500 will be paid to all apprentices who have achieved their apprenticeships after 1 April 2019, even if they started before 1 April 2019.