Apprenticeships Guidance Updates

Apprenticeship Incentive Payment Update

Employers wishing to apply for the apprenticeship incentive update of up to £3,000 have until 30 September 2021 to take on an apprentice. Apprentices can be of any age and their apprenticeship must have started by the application deadline of 30 November 2021. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/incentive-payments-for-hiring-a-new-apprentice

CITB has published an information leaflet on the range of support available for trainees and apprentices and can be downloaded below.

Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme boost

From June 1st, employers in England can apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices. The boost to the apprenticeship incentive scheme was confirmed by the Chancellor in the Budget in March. Business can apply to claim £3,000 for each new apprentice hired as a new employer from 1 April until 30 September. The cash incentive is designed to help more employers invest in the skilled workforce they need for the future as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs.

More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cash-boost-for-apprenticeships-launched

Latest Government guidance on continuation of apprenticeships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance can be downloaded at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response 

Incentive Payments for Hiring New Apprentices A reminder additional payments are available to support employers who have or intend to hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 and will receive a payment of:

• £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24

• £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over.

Employers will get the payment in 2 equal instalments – they’ll receive 50% after the apprentice completes 90 days of their apprenticeship and the remaining 50% after the apprentice completes 365 days. To receive the full payment, the apprenticeship must last for at least one year. The Government will ask for an organisation’s bank details when they apply, so that they can pay the employer directly. The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds so employers can spend it on anything to support their organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, the apprentice’s travel or their salary. It does not have to be paid back. This payment only applied for new apprentices who started their contract of employment between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

More information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/incentive-payments-for-hiring-a-new-apprentice?utm_source=28ff0c5f-c8dd-400c-ac39-d182a2a3a30c&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate