Government Incentive Payments
Apply for the hire a new apprentice payment
The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:
• aged 16 to 18 years old
• aged 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority
To receive the full payment, the apprenticeship must last for at least one year.
Apprentices who joined your organisation from 1 April 2021
Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
They must have an apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.
Apprentices who joined your organisation before 1 April 2021
The application deadline for these apprentices has closed.
What you can use the payment for
The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.
You can only apply for new apprentices who joined your organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
You cannot apply for an existing employee who joined your organisation before 1 April 2021, even if they started an apprenticeship after this date.
How to apply
To receive the payment, you must submit an application for each eligible apprentice using your apprenticeship service account.
You will need to add the apprentices to your apprenticeship service account first.
Applications close on 30 November 2021.
When you’ll get paid
We cannot make any payments until we’ve received and verified your organisation and finance details. This could take up to 80 days and we may contact someone from your organisation.
We’ll make the payment in 2 equal instalments for each apprentice. The first payment is due after an apprentice completes 90 days of their apprenticeship and the second is due after 365 days.
We’ll make payments by Bacs on the 14th working day of the month. It usually takes 3 working days to process.
After you apply, you can view applications, estimated payment dates and check the status of each payment in your apprenticeship service account.