Government Apprenticeship Incentives

Government Plan for Jobs

The government has announced continued support for apprenticeships as part of the Chancellor’s Statement on 4 October 2021, confirming details of their ongoing  Plan for Jobs. Employers will continue to receive incentives of up to £3,000 when they hire a new apprentice into their business between August 1 2020 and January 31 2022.

To be eligible for the incentives the apprentice must not have been employed by you within the six months leading up to their apprenticeship start date. 

There is no limit on the number of incentive payments, and payments will be made directly to you in two equal instalments, where the apprentice is still in learning at 3 months (90 days) and 12 months (365 days). 

Incentive payment details 

With no upper limit to the number of incentive payments you can claim these payments are separated into two levels based on the age of the apprentice as set out below: 

Age of apprentice Newly hired employees Current employees
(hired between 1st August 2020 and 21st January 2021) (if going onto an apprenticeship)
16-18 £2,000 + £1,000 £1,000
19-24 who has previously been in Care or on an EHC plan £2,000 + £1,000 £1,000
19-24 £2,000 Not applicable
25 and over £1,500 Not applicable

Check out our guide to these incentives here.  

We’ve got you covered…

Our recruitment service

We provide an apprentice recruitment service that supports you in finding quality candidates to join your business. Additional benefits this provides you with include: 

  • Targeted marketing and advertising to the 16-24-year-old demographic 
  • Free and effective service driven by our recruitment experts 
  • Improve retention with quality candidates 
  • Free up time to focus on other business priorities 
  • Remote video interviewing 
  • Information on all latest employer incentives 

You can now interview candidates remotely via our secure video interviewing software and we have moved our enrolment process fully online so that apprentices can get a full induction to their programme and your organisation with our Personal Tutors via Microsoft Teams. 

We are also delivering the vast majority of our programmes via remote 1 to 1 sessions, workshops and via our Bud Learner Management System. Personal Tutors set work, track it and can even chat with learners through the Bud app to ensure progress is consistent throughout their programme. 

Accessing the incentives via the Digital Apprenticeship System 

All of your incentive payments will now be managed through the online Digital Apprenticeship System and the incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice will be claimed directly through this service with claims being accepted from 1 September. More information on this system can be found here. 

Get in touch

Get in touch with your Account Manager, or email for more information.

Why Paragon Skills…

20 year heritage, long track record in the public sector.
Capacity and scalability, boutique approach to service.
Committed to our employer partnerships.
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Passion about quality with industry-leading success rates.
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If you are keen for Paragon Skills to support your apprenticeship requirements, or simply want to find out more about our partnership approach to public sector apprenticeships please contact us at or call 0800 783 2545 

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