Increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice
Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021.
The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:
- aged 16 to 18 years old
- under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority
Apprentices who joined your organisation before 1st April 2021
For new apprentices who joined your organisation between 1 August 2020 and 31st March 2021 aged:
- 16 to 24, employers will receive £2,000
- 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500
You must apply for these apprentices before 31 May 2021.
Apprentices who joined your organisation from 1st April 2021
Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021 to 30 November 2021.
What you can use the payment for
The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.
You can only apply for new apprentices who joined your organisation between 1st August 2020 and 30th September 2021.
You cannot apply for an existing employee who joined your organisation before 1st August 2020, even if they started an apprenticeship after this date.
How to apply
You can apply for the incentive payment after you add new apprentices to your apprenticeship service account.
You must set up an apprenticeship service account to apply.