A new incentive payment will be rewarded to businesses who take on an apprentice between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021. This has been introduced by the Government to help businesses and the economy to recover, following Covid-19.
Employers will be given an incentive payment of £2,000 for an apprentice aged 16 - 24 and £1,500 for an apprentice aged 25 and over. This incentive payment will be made directly to employers in two equal instalments at day 90 and day 365, providing the apprentice is still in learning.
An employer can claim an incentive payment for each new apprentice they take on during this time and there is no limit to the number of incentive payments that can be claimed by an employer.
To be eligible to receive the payment, the apprentice must have a contract start date between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021 and should not have been employed by the employer six months prior to the apprenticeship contract start date.
Employers will need to claim the incentive payment online via the Apprenticeship Service website from 1st September 2020, which our team can provide advice and support with.
This new incentive payment will be given in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive, for employers hiring an apprentice aged 16-18. This means an employer who takes on an apprentice aged 16-18 could receive £3000 in the first year of hiring the apprentice.
We understand how difficult it has been for employers during this challenging time and apprentices will be extremely valuable in developing the workforce and helping the economy recover long-term.