Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

To help businesses offer new apprenticeships, employers will be able to claim an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

For every apprentice that is a new employee to your business, you will get up to £2,000 if they are aged 16 to 24 and up to £1,500 if they are 25 or over.

The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is designed to support employers to find the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 whilst creating new jobs.

To claim this cash incentive, you must apply through your digital account service. We can support you with the claim, alternatively please click on the link to watch a Government You Tube video

Apply for an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice – YouTube

Once you have made your claim, the cash incentive will be paid directly to you in two equal instalments, the first after 3 months, the second after 12 months.

Employers can also receive an additional payment of £1,000 if the apprentice starts the apprenticeship aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 years old and has an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

This will be paid in two equal instalments, the first after 3 months the second after 12 months and will be paid directly from us, your training provider.