Apprenticeship Incentives for Employers – Latest Information

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In 2020 the Government announced apprenticeship incentives for employers in the Chancellor’s Summer Statement, which form part of the wider Government’s Plan for Jobs. Here is the latest information that has been released.

Incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice

It is now confirmed incentive payments will be made to employers who hire an apprentice with a contract start date between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2022.

From 11 January 2022, you will be able to apply for a payment of £3,000 for apprentices with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. The deadline to apply for the incentive for this period is 15 May 2022.

Qualifying for the £3,000 apprenticeship incentive

To qualify for the incentive payment, the apprentice must be a new employee and not have worked for the employer within the last six months prior to their contract start date.

In the same way existing learner incentive payments are scheduled, the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is paid in two equal instalments at month 3 and month 12.

However, unlike the current incentive payments, which are managed through your training provider, the incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice is claimed directly through the Apprenticeship Service.

You can find out moreabout payment incentives for hiring apprentices here.

Supporting you to hire a new apprentice

Through our Apprentice Recruitment service, we have helped employer partners to recruit over 5000 apprentices over the last 12 months.

The service is free to use and we have established ourselves as the largest recruiter of apprentices in the UK. In 2017 we launched our higher-level recruitment service, meaning we can now recruit from entry level up to management level roles.

Our team of recruitment experts work with you to understand job roles, your brand, and any specific requirements to tailor the approach and ensure they find the right candidate for your business.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) forms part of our service to ensure we support applicants with their career choices whether they successfully secure a role or not. Our team are on hand to support apprentices with their first steps into employment and can lighten the burden on hiring managers.

Here are some other useful things you may want to know about our apprenticeship recruitment service:

roles filled
applicants per month
retention rate for recruited apprentices
monthly visits to the Lifetime jobs board
of new hires are aged 16-18
people registered their interest in apprenticeship opportunities during COVID-19