Apprenticeship Employer Grant

Employers who take on an apprentice can access increased financial support thanks to a new initiative in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Whether it's hiring someone new or developing an existing employee, apprenticeships can help provide the skills your business needs.

A new Apprenticeship Employer Grant has been made available to further support employers when taking on Modern Apprentices

  • £5,000 for employers taking on or upskilling a 16 to 24-year old through an apprenticeship
  • £3,500 for employers taking on or upskilling an individual aged 25 and over through an apprenticeship.

Eligibility Criteria

The apprentice must not be receiving other Government funding, such as Job Retention or Kickstart funding. To clarify, to access the grant - when the apprentice starts, they can not be on furlough at the same time.

The apprentice cannot have started their apprenticeship before 1 December 2020 and must start before 25th March 2021.

For new recruits - the apprentice must have been employed within four months of start date of apprenticeship.

For existing staff - employees must have moved into a new job within the business within 4 months from the date of registration of the apprenticeship and where the apprenticeship provides the means of upskilling for this new job.

During their apprenticeship, their main employment and normal working premises must be in Scotland.

This pandemic has hit us hard - especially our young people who are facing fewer opportunities. We must help this generation who have been caught so cruelly in the eye of the COVID-19 storm.

To do that we've established the £60 million Young Person's Guarantee. It aims to give everyone aged 16-24 the opportunity of work, education or training.

As part of that we will invest £15 million to help more employers take on an apprentice. Businesses want to give young people opportunities, but for many the impact of the pandemic will make the costs hard to meet. So we'll pay employers up to £5,000 for every new Modern Apprentice they take on.

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

For more information or to discuss, please get in touch.

  • SQA Approved Centre
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • CMI
  • City & Guilds
  • STF
  • ILM
  • IS

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