Coronavirus support for businesses


To help businesses offer new apprenticeships, employers will be able to claim an incentive payment from the government for hiring a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

For every apprentice that is a new employee to your business, you will get up to £2,000 if they are aged 16 to 24 and up to £1,500 if they are 25 or over.

The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is designed to support employers to find the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of Covid-19 whilst creating new jobs.

Employers can also receive an additional payment of £1,000 if the apprentice starts the apprenticeship aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 years old and has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.

Age group

Government funds available for apprenticeships 

Employer contribution required for apprenticeships

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice

Grants available for employers for putting existing staff on apprenticeship
















You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship on the website.

If you would like to take on an apprentice or find out more information please contact [email protected]