Apprenticeships provide a real job with substantive, sustained high quality training in order to become occupationally competent in the chosen industry with a broad range of industries on offer.
- Wages of the apprentice – at least £4.15 /hour
- A % of the cost of training for apprentices for employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy at a rate of 10% for starts prior to 01/04/19 and 5% from that date, (note this can be supported by a levy transfer, where an employer who pays the apprenticeship levy transfers some of their funding to an employer who does not pay the apprenticeship levy).
- No cost to employer for apprenticeship training if they have less than 50 employees, and an apprentice (on the first day of their apprenticeship) is aged 1618 or 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) or has been in the care of their local authority.
Available from 1 August 2020 until 31 January 2021 for new hires:
- £2000 – 16-24
- £1500 – 25+
Payment is in addition to wider funding support for apprenticeship training/ assessment, and other existing payments to support specific groups of apprentices.
Incentive payment can be spent on wide range of costs to support an apprentice e.g. wages, travel, mentoring. The incentive payment has been created to help more people build skills whilst working by becoming an apprentice, employers can choose how to spend the incentive to best support their apprentices
Off-the-job (OTJ) training is required for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship.
OTJ training can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work. It can also include regular day release, block release and special training days/workshops.
At least 20% of an apprentice’s normal working hours, over the planned duration of the apprenticeship training period must be spent on OTJ.
At least 12 months
Any age from 16+, but must be a new hire to be eligible for the incentive. A 15-year-old can start an apprenticeship providing the start is after the last weekend in June and they will be 16 before the end of the academic year in which they start.
Longer term employment, training or Higher level or Degree Apprenticeships dependent on role/occupation and standards available.
Vacancies advertised on Find an Apprenticeship
Apply directly to vacancies and FE / independent training providers
National Careers Service - Choices at 16
National Careers Service - Choices at 18
Apprenticeship Funding Rules
Skills Launchpad Apprenticeships