I know, I noticed that as well. I haven’t got a clue, but I have a feeling this one won’t be resolved until the ESFA are directly involved. I’ve been told it’s not a priority for us at the moment, but if/when it becomes one, I’ll ask them about it if we don’t have an answer by then.
I spoke to the Service Desk about this this morning. They confirmed that small employers (less than 49 employees) must have a state aid declaration to waive the employer contribution. I asked if we could use the state aid declaration in the AGE grant paperwork and they confirmed that we could copy that wording and to use that.
I noticed as I was adapting it that the State Aid info on the AGE application is directed towards the provider, explaining the recommended way of explaining it to the employer. Something tells me the people who put together the AGE form didn’t really know what to do with it either! Anyway, I kept the recommended wording and a note about overlap with other schemes.