Employers of apprentices can now apply for £3,000 incentive payment

01 June 2021

Employers who hire apprentices between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 can apply for a £3,000 incentive payment from 1 June 2021.

Businesses intending to claim the payment must set up an apprenticeship service account. The apprenticeship start date must be between 1 April 2021 and 30 November 2021. Applications cannot be made for existing employees who joined the business prior to 1 April 2021, irrespective of whether they started an apprenticeship after this date.

The payment will be in addition to the £1,000 that employers are already entitled to for hiring an apprentice who is between the ages of 16 and 18 years old, or who are under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who have been in the care of their local authority. To be eligible for the full amount, the apprenticeship must last for a minimum period of one year.

The £3,000 payment will be made in two parts, in equal instalments. The first payment is submitted once an apprentice completes 90 days of their apprenticeship, and the second amount gets sent after a year (365 days).

Businesses can view submitted applications, proposed payment dates and payment statuses via their apprenticeship service account.

Further help is available online.


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