Leeds city Region Local Enterprise Partnerships has launched a scheme to fund up to £2,000 towards the cost of an apprenticeship.
Small and medium-sized businesses in West Yorkshire can apply for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) to support firms looking to recruit trainees aged between 16 and 24.
LEP chairman Roger Marsh said a survey of 3,000 businesses in the region showed firms want to take on apprentices to grow and retain skills.
He said: “Supporting businesses to offer these career opportunities is part of the LEP’s overall ambition to create a strong future workforce and create more and better jobs for our young people.”
Businesses that take on an apprentice through local training providers between August 1 to December 31 2015 can apply for funding.