Leicester Jobs Fund

Local employers are invited to apply for the Leicester Jobs Fund (LJF), which has been designed to support you to create 6 month-long or 12 month apprenticeships for unemployed economically inactive individuals’.

Further information

How we can help

We will work with employers to support the creation of new jobs and apprenticeships by offering a grant of £2,500 towards wage costs. These individuals must be between the age of 16 to 24 and must be residents of Leicester or Leicestershire.

We will assist employers with recruiting young people to the jobs; however the employer always makes the final decision on employing an eligible candidate.

  • Streamlined grant application process
  • Promotion of approved posts
  • Access to job-ready individuals
  • Pre-screening of candidates prior to interview
  • Links with support services to help your employees whilst in work
  • Regular employee monitoring offering pastoral support.

We are funding this scheme alongside the Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership and Talent Match (funded by the Big Lottery Fund).

Criteria for recruiting

Criteria for recruiting employers Employee criteria
Minimum contract: 6 months, 30 hours a week, paying National Minimum Wage. For an apprentice post: 12 months, 30 hours a week Must be aged 16-24
Jobs must be new - supernumerary and do not replace existing vacancies Leicester or Leicestershire based company
Supervisor in the workplace enabling employees to progress and gain new work-based skills

In a target group: Unemployed 12 months, ex-offender, care leaver, any disability

Interested in applying?

There is no deadline to apply, although we will continue to take enquiries until all the available funds are committed or up until 31 March 2019.

If you are interested, please read the criteria and guidance document on the following link - before getting in touch with us:

You can get further information on the Leicester Jobs Fund by viewing the leaflet and FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Register your interest

You can register your interest by submitting the online enquiry form below, with your contact details and we will get in touch with you:


Additional grant

Businesses with a work force of 25 employees or less, may also be able to obtain an additional grant of £500 from the Department of Work and Pensions, if they recruit an individual for 16 hours or more who has a health condition, or disability and also in receipt of Employment Support Allowance.  

A fast track to Access to Work (funding for work place adaptions/support if you are disabled or have a health condition) is available to reinforce and encourage retention. 

For further information specific to this additional grant, please contact NJ 0116 206 8012, by email at njideka.nnadiri@dwp.gsi.gov.uk or Matt on 0116 206 8179, by email matthew.jackson@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Contact us

Send us an email: apprenticeshiphub@leicester.gov.uk
Ring us on: 0116 454 2989