There are several schemes available to help employers take on apprentices.

Government Incentive Scheme September 2020
Employers will be eligible to receive an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice for an apprenticeship start, if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is a new employee. You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that they are a new employee when making a claim through the apprenticeship service. You can apply for this incentive from 01 September 2020 using the apprenticeship service. You will receive 50% of the payment at 90 days and 50% at 365 days provided the apprentice is still on programme. You will be eligible for £2,000 if, on the apprenticeship start date, the apprentice is aged between 16 and 24 years old (or 15 years of age if the apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August inclusive); or £1,500 if, on the apprenticeship start date, the apprentice is aged 25 years old or over.

Additional payments for 16-18 or 19-24 with either an EHC plan or has been in the care of the local authority.
The employer and the main provider can receive a payment towards the additional cost associated with training if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is either aged 16-18, or are 19-24 with either an EHC plan or has been in the care of the local authority.
Eligible apprentices will be entitled to a £1,000 payment to both the employer and main provider. The main provider will receive 50% of both payments at 90 days and 50% at 365 days provided the apprentice is still on programme.
The training provider should pass these payments on to you within 30 days of receiving them.
(Note: Additionally, 19-24 Care leavers can receive a £1000 bursary)

Small Employers <50
The government will fund all of the apprenticeship training costs (including the 5% co-investment), up to the maximum value of the funding band for the apprenticeship, for employers employing fewer than 50 people if, on the first day of their apprenticeship, the apprentice is 16-18 or 19-24 and has either an EHC plan or has been in the care of the local authority.

Extra Learning Support
Learning support is available to meet the costs of putting in place a reasonable adjustment, as set out in section 20 of the Equality Act 2010, for apprentices with a learning difficulty or disability where this affects their ability to continue and complete their apprenticeship, including costs associated with meeting identified needs in end point assessment. Talk to the Training provider about an assessment and further details during the induction period.

Updated 01 October 2020 – Every effort was made to ensure that this information was correct at the date of publishing. However all information should be checked by the employer using the latest information on the ESFA funding and government website.