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. Claims can be made from the 1st September 2020.

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Apprenticeship standards are developed by employers in the sector

The apprenticeships currently available for adult social care occupations are:

  • Adult Care Worker (level 2)
  • Lead Adult Care Worker (level 3)
  • The Lead Practitioner in Adult Care (level 4) 
  • Leader in Adult Care (level 5) 
  • Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (level 5), available until 31 July 2020.
  • Nursing Associate (level 5)
  • Social Work (level 6)
  • Occupational Therapist (level 6)
  • Physiotherapist (level 6)
  • Registered Nurse (level 6)

Remember, you can also recruit apprentices in other roles within your service such as business administration, assistant accountant or chef.

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Benefits of Apprenticeships 

  • offer employers a structured learning programme adaptable to meet the needs of your service.
  • 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

Version 8 of the Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19 was published on 2 September 2020 and has been refreshed to improve the layout, style and remove any out-of-date references. It has also been updated with the following:


  • information on the actions that training providers should take for the return of apprentices from September
  • information on how apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, can access online and telephone support through the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices
  • confirmation that ESFA is planning to restart routine funding audits from September 2020
  • information on the new incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice


A reminder that guidance, for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers during COVID-19, is available on GOV.UK