Apprenticeship Coronavirus Incentive Scheme
Here is everything you need to know
Please note this page will be regularly updated. Please check here first, before contacting our Apprenticeship processing or administration teams.
To support economic growth from the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020, the Government introduced a new employer Apprenticeship Coronavirus Incentive Scheme. The scheme enables employers hiring a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021 to claim for the following one-off incentive payments:
- £2,000 for each new apprentice aged 16-24; and
- £1,500 for each new apprentice 25 and over
These incentive payments can only be claimed via the government apprenticeship service account:
For those employers who have not yet reserved funds in the DAS, we are awaiting confirmation as to what action should be taken. We anticipate that this information will be available in the week commencing 15th March 2021, and further updates will be posted here.
Thank you all for your continued patience.
The Apprenticeship Service Account is operated and administered by central government, however we are undertaking the following to help secure a resolution for employers who have recruited apprentices through the College.
- We are working with our representative body, the Association of Colleges, to lobby government to urgently create a mechanism to allow non-levy employers to draw-down funding; and
- We are communicating with other colleges in the region, to ensure that any guidance provided by the Employment and Skills Funding Agency in the short term does not breach statutory funding rules, which might put apprentices’ qualifications at risk
We appreciate that this is far from an ideal situation from our employers, but please be assured we are doing everything we can to find a resolution for you.