A range of government programmes, some of which offer financial incentives, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees or offering work experience.

Incentives for new apprentices to your business have been extended to 31 March 2021

  • available from 1 August 2020 to 31 March 2021 for newly hired apprentices joining your organisation (the eligibility period for these incentives has been extended to the end of March 2021 to continue to support employers during COVID-19). £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24 and £1,500 for apprentices aged 25+.
  • you can decide how to spend the incentive to best support the needs of the business and the apprentice. It is in addition to the payments already made to support specific groups of apprentices such 16 to 18-year-olds, those with disabilities, or young people leaving care.
  • an exciting talent planning route for your business could see an apprentice joining your organisation for a Kickstart placement then progressing onto an apprenticeship with you. You would have access to the full range of financial support the government provides for apprenticeships.

Learn more about the various programmes in the latest government guidance ‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes: information for employers

If you are a Wiltshire based employer and need support in bringing new apprentices to you business get in touch with the team workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk


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