NEWS: Employer Apprenticeship Funding

August 2020

Employers – have you considered apprenticeships? Did you know from 1st September you can apply to receive up to £2000 (£3000 in some cases*) for taking on a new apprentice?
As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, an incentive payment will be made to all employers hiring an apprentice from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2021.  As our apprentices and partner employers can testify, an apprenticeship is an excellent way to learn a building craft or trade!
For more information, please contact David Pearham – Senior Manager, Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement – at david.pearham@thebcc.ac.uk. Further information on the scheme below:
  • Claims can be made by employers from 1 September 2020. More information here: https://www.gov.uk/employing-an-apprentice
  • The apprentice must be an employee to the business, have a contract of employment start date between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 (inclusive) and must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the contract start date.
  • There will be two levels of payment based on age: £2000 for apprentices aged 16-24 or £1500 for apprentices aged 25 or over.
  • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments that an employer can claim for apprentices eligible to receive funding, provided each apprentice meets the criteria, including being a new employee.
  • This scheme can boost your business while helping share your skills and training up employees for the future – here at the BCC we support apprentice training for a wide range of employers in the building crafts and trade sector.
* The incentive payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 incentive the government already provides for new 16 to 18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan where that applies.