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Incentive Payments for
Hiring an Apprentice
The government is offering incentive payments for businesses hiring new apprentices between the 1st August 2020 and 31st March 2021.
The incentive will be paid by the government in two instalments for apprentices who are new to the business, so cannot be claimed when upskilling existing staff.
There will be three incentive levels based on the apprentice’s age:
- £2000 for 16–18-year-olds (in addition to existing incentive payment of £1000)
- £2000 for 19–24-year-olds
- £1500 for apprentices 25 or over
These payments will be made in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive received by businesses when hiring new 16-18 year-old apprentices, as well as those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan where that applies.
An employer could also be entitled to the incentive payment when hiring an apprentice that has been made redundant, as long as they’re a new employee to the business and have not had a previous incentive claim.
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Employers can begin to apply for incentive payments for apprentices hired between the 1st August and 31st March, from the 1st of September 2020. The claim for the payment needs to be made through the Digital Apprenticeship Service account. Our Employer Engagement team would love to provide you with support to ensure the process is as simple as possible!