Support for businesses


Employing an apprentice is easier than you think and there is financial support and help available from the government. Apprenticeships help bring valuable skills to your business with the government's support.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people of any age who want to further their careers or change career direction completely. You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.


The government has increased incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice. This is designed to support employers in finding the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of Covid-19.

Employers recruiting a new apprentice of any age will now receive £3,000 per hire if they start between 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. You can apply for incentive payments for these apprentices from 1 June 2021. 

Employers can 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.

Paying your apprentice

You’re responsible for paying your apprentice for their normal working hours you must pay them at least the National Minimum Wage rate depending on their age and the year of apprenticeship training they’re in.

The rates from April 2020 are:


Under 19

19 to 20

21 to 24

25 and over

In 1st year





Have completed 1st year





Receiving a transfer of levy funds

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer any unused funds to another employer, using the apprenticeship service.

This would help them to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.

You can find employers who may want to transfer funds by:

  • speaking to training providers
  • working with employers in your supply chain
  • getting in touch with employers in your industry
  • working with regional partners

A levy-paying employer can transfer a maximum of 25% of their levy funds.

Royal Docks' Internship Programme

This cohort is now closed. Keep an eye on our website for the next cohort

Kickstart Scheme grant

If you’re an employer looking to create jobs placements for young people, you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme. The Kickstart Scheme has changed and you no longer need a minimum of 30 job placements to apply directly for a grant. You can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either apply online yourself or getting help from the Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme. 

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. 

If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, contact Our Newham Work at [email protected]