Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Incentive payments

Employers can now get incentive payments of up to £3,000 for hiring a new apprentice of any age between 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021.

This is in addition to the £1,000 payment for hiring an apprentice aged 16-18 (or under 25 with a health and care plan or who is a care leaver).

This makes taking on a new fledgling apprentice – or training more experienced recruit – more affordable than ever, whether you are a larger Apprenticeship-Levy payer or an SME.

If you need help recruiting new team members or maximising what you can do with your Apprenticeship Levy, Skills Training UK can help.

How do I get the payment?

For new apprentices of any age joining your organisation between 1 April 2021 – 30 September 2021 you can apply for incentive payments from 1 June 2021 to 30 November 2021.

The payment is separate from Apprenticeship Levy funds, so it can be used on anything which supports your organisations goals.

You will need to set up a Digital Apprentice Service account and add the details of your new apprentice to apply for the payments. Incentives are paid in two equal instalments: after the apprentice’s first 90 days of employment and again after 365 days.

Traineeship incentives

Traineeships provide young people aged 16-24 with industry specific training and work experience.

For a successful Traineeship, we partner with employers of all kinds and all sizes so that young people can get the most from their work experience and employers have the opportunity to recruit fresh talent in their industry.

If you can offer a work experience placement to a Trainee, you will receive a £1,000 Government grant. This includes up to ten trainees for each of the England’s nine regions.

The placement must be started and completed between 1 September 2020 and the end of July 2021.

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What does Traineeship work experience involve?

Traineeship eligibility has been expanded to young people aged 16-24 with qualifications up to Level 3 (equivalent to ‘A’ Level).

Work experience should be 70 hours or more and will include an agreement to interview a trainee if there is a suitable vacancy at the company once work experience is complete.

It is important to find the right person for your company and we are delighted to have supported some many successful experiences for both employer and trainee. We fully support you by preparing trainees with vocational and other skills in their pre-placement training.

Companies which offer their trainees progression on to an apprenticeship qualify for a further grant of up to £2,500.

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