gehwlogoBusiness East Hants (the local business partnership) and East Hampshire District Council are taking a proactive approach to improving skills, employment opportunities and supporting local enterprises.

The District Council and business partnership have established ‘Get East Hants Working’, a new initiative aimed at boosting local employment, job creation and business growth through apprenticeships and business support programmes.


Enterprise Apprenticeships Scheme

Funding is available from East Hampshire District Council, working in partnership with Business East Hants, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in the East Hampshire district.

Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the scheme. In particular, we encourage applications from small and medium sized businesses.


To be eligible for the scheme, businesses must:

  • have offices in East Hampshire
  • pay business rates to East Hampshire District Council
  • offer a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • contribute towards wages for the apprentice (match funding)


What is available?

  • Up to 2 years funding per new apprenticeship post
  • + up to £400 towards travel
  • + up to £1000 towards training (for over 25s)*

 * Those aged 19 – 24 and hold an A’ Level qualification may also be eligible for training contribution.


Who manages and administers the funding?

  • Business East Hants and the Economic Development Team (East Hampshire District Council) will manage and administer the funds.


Do the apprentices have to be resident in East Hampshire?

  • Yes. The apprentice must be a resident of East Hampshire District and will be required to prove that they live in the district.


What can the grant be spent on?

  • The grant is intended to subsidise wages and therefore will only be paid upon receipt of proof of spend on wages. Transport contribution will be used to cover costs of travel to the workplace or training provider.
  • The transport contribution can also be used for the ‘Wheels to Work’ scheme. 
    Details about the scheme are available at


Can the funding be used for an existing post?



What are the timescales?

  • Funds will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. All applications will be assessed to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The Council will process payments on a monthly or quarterly basis (to be agreed with the employer).


What happens if the apprentice leaves the employment or the employers terminates the contract?

If an employee leaves the job before the end of contract or an employer wishes to terminate the contract, the employer must notify Business East Hants and the Economic Development Team immediately in writing and give reasons for the termination of employment.

The Economic Development Team and the employer will discuss options available, which may include:

  • Recruiting another employee to fill the post for the remaining term of the contract
  • End involvement in the initiative – the council will only refund payment made to the employee during the period of employment under the initiative (proof of payment e.g. pay slip required).


What support is available to employers and prospective apprentices?

The schemes under the Get East Hants Working Initiative are further complemented by the following support for employers and prospective employees.


Support for employers

  • You’re hired! Apprenticeship Guide for Business (publication) – request a printed copy from 
  • Employer workplace training – This programme focuses on provision of training programmes for those employers taking part in the Get East Hants Working Initiative to enable them to effectively support the apprentices and become compliant with current legislation.
  • The Council’s Get East Hants Working Team (together with Job Centre Plus and National Apprenticeship Service) will support businesses to recruit into the roles created.


Support for prospective apprentices

  • Employability and Skills training  
    This is a pre-employment training programme aimed at preparing young people and the long-term unemployed for employment. Skills include: presentation, writing CVs, interview skills and attitude.


  • Employment and Skills Fairs
    The Fairs provide an opportunity for the unemployed to find out about training, work experience, volunteering, support and jobs. Business East Hants is supporting the Skills and Employability Fairs. The Community Learning Forum, together with the local communities in Alton, Petersfield, Horndean and Bordon, leads on the delivery of the Fairs.


How do I apply for the grant or find out more about the scheme?

Complete an express of interest form and a member of the Business East Hants Team will contact you to discuss your proposal and advise on the application process.

Please email the following details to

  • Business or Organisation name
  • Main business activity
  • Number of employees
  • Business Address (including post code)
  • Contact name
  • Telephone
  • Email address


Enquiries to:  Economic Development Office, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX  Telephone: 01730 234165  Email:

Business East Hants welcomes ideas and suggestions on how to involve businesses in the Partnership. Please email your suggestions to