#SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support

Greater Manchester #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support offers grants to non-levy paying employers to recruit and deliver high quality Apprenticeships, workforce planning support and advice and a Levy Transfer Matchmaking Service!

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority have launched the #SEEDIFFERENT SME Apprenticeship Support Grants for SMEs in Greater Manchester, those organisations who have a wage bill less than £3million.

The £3000 grant may be offered to SMEs who:

  • Are non-levy payers.
  • Have their registered office based in Greater Manchester.
  • Have not employed an apprentice for at least 2 years.

Click here to view the criteria for the grant. 

What Next? 

If you are interested in finding out more about the grant to support you taking on an apprentice or would like to express your interest in accessing the grant, please find the contact details below of your Local Authority.**

Local Authority




Bolton – click here for more information on the Bolton offer

Business Bolton

01204 334 066


Bury – click here for more information on the Bury offer


0161 253 6535


Manchester – click here for more information on the Manchester offer



Oldham – click here for more information on the Oldham offer

Jessica Price

0161 770 5471



Andy Turner

01706 925099


Salford – click here for more information on the Salford offer

David Timperley

0161 793 2533


Stockport- click here for more information on the Stockport offer

Nick Hill

0161 4743736



Employment and Skills Team



Trafford – click here for more information on the Trafford offer

Nidi Etim / Becci Page

0161 912 4176


Wigan – click here for more information on the Wigan offer

Matt Stockwell

01942 489177


Please note – some local authorities are only taking expressions of interest at this stage in preparation for their grant launches.

**Please contact the Local Authority where your registered office is based.



The Stimulating Employer Demand for Apprenticeships (SEDA) project has a group of specialist advisors with all the latest knowledge around Apprenticeship training and upskilling, from the funding available to providers across Greater Manchester.

Their goal is to share their expertise and know-how, and will support your business throughout your search, from finding the right course to the right training provider.

After an initial meeting to determine your business needs, our advisors will complete a thorough workforce development plan which will help to identify any specific training requirements. From there, advisors will be on-hand to support you in fulfilling your aims and objectives. 

For more information please click here.

Greater Manchester Levy Matchmaking Service will facilitate funding transfers to create more apprenticeship opportunities across the city region.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) commissioned the Growth Company in early 2019 to develop and deliver an online apprenticeship Levy Matchmaking Service that ensures as many levy payers (public and private sector) as possible transfer unspent funds to non-levy payers negating the need for them to pay the 5% co-investment costs.

With Levy paying organisations now able to transfer up to 25% of their funds to other employers there was a need to make this as simple a process as possible for both parties to ensure maximum levy investment is retained in GM, non-levy paying organisations have no training cost and apprenticeship training providers do not use up their limited non-levy funding.

Employers large and small can register on this website to transfer or receive funds from their apprenticeship digital accounts covering the training costs of a specified apprentice.

Click here to view the Levy Matchmaking Service website. 


SME GAP Project

The SME GAP Project developed lots of useful resources including:

Visit the SME GAP website.

View the SME GAP SME Case Study Videos. 

The SME GAP project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.