As part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on employment and skills, new payments have been introduced for employers in England for each new apprentice they hire between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2021:

  • £2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25
  • £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over

These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 employers receive to support 16-18 year old apprentices and those under-25 with and Education, Health and Care Plan. This is only for new employees.

You can read more about these rules here

Apprenticeships offer employers a structured learning programme adaptable to meet the needs of your service. Apprenticeships also:

  • attract lots of funding so there is little cost to your organisation.
  • offer confidence in the quality of learning due to the robust assessment process.
  • develop skilled and competent workers due to the mix of on and off-the-job learning. 

COVID-19 updated resources: 

To understand how apprenticeships are being temporarily adjusted, please read 'Apprenticeship response to COVID-19

The latest versions 4, 5 and 6 (14 July) focus on:

  • Re-opening educational settings. From September, there will be no limits on apprentices, at any age, attending on-site delivery.
  • Universal credit for apprentices
  • A future launch of a support service for redundant apprentices
  • The Level 2 suspension of the rule on Functional Skills assessments extended until 31 December 2020
  • Further FAQs covering apprentices starting with a new employer
  • Confirmation that apprenticeship training and assessment can continue in line with the new safer working guidance
  • Information on extending the transition period onto the apprenticeship service for non-levy employers
  • Additional detail on the furlough scheme
  • Examples of how to calculate wages for a furloughed apprentice
  • Further FAQs covering off-the-job training
  • Latest content on the existing support available to redundant apprentices
  • Functional Skills
  • Information on which apprentices should be prioritised for face-to-face training in line with the Prime Minister’s announcement that further education settings can broaden the number of 16 to 19 learners attending on-site delivery from Monday 15 June.
  • flexibility that enables apprentices to take end-point assessment (EPA) ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualification results later on in the summer.