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Apprenticeship Challenge Fund

The Apprenticeship Challenge Fund aims to promote greater collaboration between employers and suppliers.

The Apprenticeship Challenge Fund aims to promote greater collaboration between employers and suppliers, whilst maintaining the employers’ role at the centre of the apprenticeship system and creating room for the Department for the Economy (DfE) to take a more creative and innovative approach to solving problems, which could include, but not be limited to:

  • Shared Apprenticeship Models
  • Apprenticeship Brokerage Service
  • Employer Apprenticeship Mentoring Programmes to give managers the skills they need to effectively manage apprentices/apprenticeship programmes gaining maximum benefit for the employer
  • Apprentice Mentoring Programme to help new apprentices integrate into businesses
  • The removal of monetary and non-monetary barriers to recruitment; Identify monetary/non-monetary barriers

Funding

Successful applicants will receive one-off awards of up to £50,000 although there is an option to increase for proposals with multiple partners or features.

Funding will be via a grant to successful applicants following a competitive assessment process. Eligible costs will be identified in a Letter of Offer to successful applicants, but could typically include staff costs, the costs involved in collaboration/engagement, marketing etc.

Application

Applications for the fund closed on 23 October 2020.

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This page was last updated 28 October 2020