BUSINESSES in York have been invited to apply for £2,000 in grant funding to support apprentice recruitment.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) to boost apprenticeships across its key priority sectors of manufacturing and engineering technologies, information and communication technology including digital and construction, planning and the built environment.

Businesses in West Yorkshire and York are set to benefit from the new grant to help recruit their first apprentice aged 19-24.

Companies with less than 50 employers based in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York can now apply for a grant of up to £2000.

To find out more call the LEP Business Growth Service on 0113 348 1818, email