Support for businesses

Apprenticeships/internships

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.

Funding

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. 

For new apprentices who joined an organisation between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 aged:

  • 16 to 24 years old, employers will receive £2,000
  • 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500

You must apply before 30 April 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.

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

Age group

16-18

Government funds available for apprenticeships

100%

Employer contribution required for apprenticeships

0%

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice

1 Aug 2020-31 Mar 2021

£3,000

Grants available for employers for putting existing staff on apprenticeship

£1,000

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice from

1 Apr 2021-30 Sept 2021

£3,000

Age group

19-24

Government funds available for apprenticeships 95%

Employer contribution required for apprenticeships 5%

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice from

1 Aug 2020-31 Mar 2021

£2,000

Grants available for employers for putting existing staff on apprenticeship

£0.00

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice from

1 Apr 2021-30 Sept 2021

£3,000

Age group

25+

Government funds available for apprenticeships

95%

Employer contribution required for apprenticeships

5%

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice from

1 Aug 2020-31 Mar 2021

£1,500

Grants available for employers for putting existing staff on apprenticeship

£0.00

Grants available for employers taking on a new apprentice from

1 Apr 2021-30 Sept 2021

£3,000


You can find out more about funding an apprenticeship and how to apply on gov.uk.

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 applying online yourself or getting help from a 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]

For promotional materials, check the Kickstart Scheme employer guide.