ESFA – Apprenticeship short term Incentive extended to end of January 2022:
The NHC would like to make employers aware the Incentive payments from the ESFA to employers taking on new apprentices from 1 October 2021 has been extended to 31 January 2022 (to continue to support employers during COVID-19). An Incentive will be paid for new employees with a contract of employment start date between 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022 where they have not been employed by the same employer within the last 6 months. To claim the incentive the employer must be registered with the Apprenticeship Service (AS) and we are happy to assist with this registration. The Incentive is £3000 for all apprentices of any age and will be paid in 2 instalments at the 90 and 365 day point after an apprentice has started. This amount is paid on top of the existing £1000 for an apprentice aged 16-18. There is no limit to the number of claims per employer however the Co-investment remains at 5% for employers unless the apprentice is 16-18 in a small yard (<50 employees).