Hire an apprentice and receive a cash incentive

All employers hiring new apprentices until 30 September 2021, will be eligible for extended cash bonuses of up to £4,000.  However if you are in construction then this incentive is different (please see further down the page).

Until September the grants of £3,000 per new hire, regardless of the apprentice’s age, will be distributed from the Treasury.

This is on top of 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.

16-18 £1,000 £3,000 £4,000
19-24* N/A £3,000 £3,000
25+ N/A £3,000 £3,000

*for those aged 19-24 with an education or care plane, employers could receive £4,000 in total.

Employers however are not allowed to use it against existing apprentices they have in their business, but they can use it against an existing apprentice who has been made redundant by another employer, which allows employers to access a wider talent pool. 

Individual employers have control over where apprenticeships funds are spent to meet their current and future skills needs, this could help meet any costs associated with supporting new apprentice which can include facilities, uniforms and travel. 

There’s 90% of those learners that do an apprenticeship stay in work or go on to further education. 

Levy-paying employers can transfer up to 25% of the annual value funds in their apprenticeship services accounts to other employers, including training providers.  This is done through the apprenticeship service.

The money will be paid in instalments, with 50% of the total paid roughly 90 days from the apprentice’s start date and the remaining 50% paid approximately 365 days from the start date, this is however subject to the apprentice still being in employment with the same employer and undertaking their apprenticeship at these times. 

Only starts funded through the apprenticeship service will be eligible for this payment, smaller employers who have previously accessed apprenticeship funding through legacy contracts will need to register for an account and access funding through the reservations process, in order to benefit from it.   

All employers regardless of their levy-paying status they are required to register their financial details in order to receive the instalments.  Employers will be able to claim from 1 September 2020 and once there is a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreements in place.

There is no overall limit on the number of payments each employer can claim, providing each apprentice meets the criteria of new employee.

Our apprenticeship recruitment team can help take the stress away from you and help you to recruit an apprentice, so get in touch with them today on apprenticeshiprecruitment@learningcurvegroup.co.uk

Construction employers if you don't pay into the levy then we can help you register with CITB as there's an incentive which could see you receive up to £15k*

How it works:

After 3 months on programme you would receive £625 for the duration of the programme

Upon the apprentice completing their programme you will receive the bonus of £3500


If your apprentice is a painting and decorating apprentice which is a 36 month programme, you would receive £7500 from CITB during the programme, then upon completion £3500 not forgetting the £4000 (if they are in the category from the table above).  

Then as the employer, you will receive up to £15,000.

If you would like more information on this incentive and how you register with CITB, then get in touch with our construction academies on: constructionacademies@learningcurvegroup.co.uk 

*depending on programme type