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Receive up to £3,000 for each apprentice that you place!

If you hire an apprentice or place a new employee onto an apprenticeship programme, the government will pay you up to £3,000 for doing so. This incentive is in place to drive apprenticeship recruitment, with the government acknowledging the vital role apprentices play in addressing skills shortages across all sectors.

How does it work?

If you’re looking upskill or train your current staff through apprenticeship, the Government will pay you an incentive of £3,000 if the apprentice is aged 16 to 18. If the apprentice is aged 19 to 24 payment will be £2,000 and any apprentice over the age of 25 will receive £1,500

The incentive will be paid only for employees that has an employment contract start date between 1st August 2020 and 31st March 2021

The incentive is paid in 2 instalments directly to the business bank account through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS): one after 90 days, and one after 365 days. To claim the full payment, the apprentice must be in post for the minimum of a year.

How do I apply?

You can apply for an incentive payment after you have added new apprentices to your Digital Apprenticeship Services account.

You can also apply for the payment if you recruit apprentices who have been made redundant as long as they're new to your organisation and were recruited between 01 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

For more information, please contact us using the enquiry form below.

Frequently asked questions about the apprentice recruitment incentives

You can use it to pay for uniforms, to reimburse travel costs for the apprentice, or you can use it to buy equipment for the organisation. There is no requirement to pay the money back, and no restrictions on how you use it.

Should your apprentice leave their employment with you within the first 90 days of their apprenticeship, you will not receive any part of this incentive. If they leave between 90 to 365 days, you'll receive and keep the first payment, but not the second.

Yes, the incentive payment is available to employers of any size, regardless of whether they are levy-paying or not.

Yes, you receive the incentive payment. The employer of the apprentice is always the recipient of the incentive payments.

Unfortunately not. Training providers are not permitted to apply for these incentives on your behalf. The incentive payment is claimed through your Apprenticeship Service Account (DAS)

Yes, the payment dates are set to those dates regardless of the length of the programme, and are only paid once.

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For more information about these apprenticeship incentives, or to address your skills development needs, please contact us using the form below. Alternatively, please call us on 01753 596 004 or email [email protected]

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