Apprenticeships bursary for care leavers

14 February 2023

The Government announced an increase in bursary for care leavers undertaking apprenticeships to £3,000. The bursary is for eligible apprentices who are in care or who are care leavers.

The bursary is paid by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to the apprenticeship training provider, once the apprentice has been on the apprenticeship for at least 60 days. The bursary is separate to the additional funding that employers and training providers can receive to support care leaver apprentices.

For apprentices who start their apprenticeships up to and including 31 July 2023, the bursary is a single payment of £1,000 (this payment can only be received once by an individual care leaver). For apprentices starting their apprenticeship on or after 1 August 2023, the bursary will be £3,000 (it’s payable in instalments over the first year of the apprenticeship).

The Government has stated:

‘‘It will help remove financial barriers to accessing and completing apprenticeships’’.

Detailed guidance on this topic and eligibility can be found here.

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