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Government apprenticeship incentive extended until 2022

Published on: 11 November 2021

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The government apprenticeship initiative has been extended until 31 January 2022 in a bid to encourage more employers to take on and train new staff. Doing so could help employers plug skill gaps, enhance their business and recover from the effects of the pandemic.

The scheme means that employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation, up until 31 January 2022. This payment will be in addition to the £1,000 payment provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total per apprentice.

The bonus can be spent on anything to support your organisation’s costs such as uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary and it does not need to be paid back. Apprentices must be signed up and to have commenced employment by 31 January 2022 to be eligible. 

You will need to create an account to manage your apprenticeship(s) and claim your incentive. 

Why employ an apprentice?

  • Plug skills gaps created by COVID
  • By taking on an apprentice, you can shape your business for the future
  • You’ll receive a bonus of up to £4,000
  • The training might not cost you a penny thanks to the Apprenticeship Levy

Further info on employing an apprentice and other skills and employment programmes can be found here.

Please contact the Training Team on with any queries.