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£3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice

11th August 2021

As announced in the Budget 2021, businesses can apply for a payment of £3,000 for each apprentice they take on as a new employee between 1 April and 30 September 2021.

They can decide how to spend the incentive payment to best support the needs of their business and the apprentice.

Support your members and employer networks by reminding them of the incentive eligibility details and how to apply.

Check eligibility

Employers with apprentices who have an employment start date between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 and who also have a practical period (training) start date between 1 April 2021 and 30 November 2021 may be eligible for an incentive payment.

How to apply

Employers can apply for the incentive payment through the ‘Finances’ section in their apprenticeship service account. Share our video which explains the incentive application process step by step.

Employers must apply for the incentive payment by the end of 30 November 2021. Training providers cannot apply on their behalf.

Access support

If you or your employer contacts require support using the apprenticeship service, watch our how-to videos, check the advice on or visit our help portal. From the help portal you can access help articles, webchat with an adviser, call (08000 150 600) or text (07588 690018) our helpline, or email our helpdesk.