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 until 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.

The National Apprenticeship Week will take place 8-12 February 2021.

To get involved or find out more visit

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

Royal Docks' Internship Programme

In support of the Mayor of Newham’s community wealth building (CWB) agenda, the Royal Docks Enterprise Zone (RDEZ) is partnering with local organisations to create high-quality internship opportunities for local young people. As part of its flagship internship programme, the Enterprise Zone will be subsidising the salary of interns by up to 50% and is currently looking for host employers to join the programme.

We would like businesses from a range of industries to get involved by creating placements within their organisations, helping give young people critical and creative insight into their business and providing them with the skills and experience they need to progress their career.

The programme will:

  • Support the culture of enterprise for residents in the Royal Docks area.
  • Raise the aspirations of local residents, particularly the under- and unemployed.
  • Increase young people’s (18-30) access to and awareness of the various sectors that exist within the Royal Docks.
  • Improve representation of young people within the target sectors and industries.
  • Equip local young people with the skills, experience and knowledge they need to secure sustainable employment within these sectors.
  • Create more youth employment opportunities in response to the economic impact of Covid-19.

The offer:

  • Talented intern(s) placed in your organisation for 12 months.
  • Up to 50% of Intern(s) salaries subsidised by RDEZ (interns will be paid the London Living Wage at £10.75).
  • One-to-one support from the RDEZ at every stage.
  • Involvement in the recruitment and selection process to ensure the Intern(s) are a good match to your organisation.
  • The opportunity to be part of a network of likeminded CWB Partners.
  • Professional development for staff within your organisation.
  • Interns will also benefit from training, mentoring and careers coaching to supplement the work experience they gain whilst working in your organisation. 

Interested in finding out more?

Email us at [email protected]

Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality six month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

  • If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme.
  • If you are considering becoming a representative for a group of employers, check what information you need to provide to apply for a grant through the Kickstart Scheme.

If you are interested in getting involved please email [email protected]

Find more Kickstart Scheme guidance and promotional materials on the website.