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3. Funding and eligibility

Businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are eligible.

Most of the training will be carried out by the employer who works with an approved training provider.

The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice’s salary and for any additional training. Training costs are supported by the apprenticeships programme.

It is important to work with a training provider at a very early stage in the process. They can provide help, support and guidance.


To help businesses recruit apprentices, we are offering incentives until 30 September 2021. Amounts available depend on contract hours: 

  30 hours a week or more Less than 30 hours a week
16 to 24 year olds £4000 £2000
Aged 25 and over £2000 £1000
Re-employment of redundant apprentices £2600 £1300

Payments are available for a maximum of 10 apprentices per employer.

Re-employment of redundant apprentices

  • you can re-employ apprentices made redundant between 23 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 
  • the apprentice must continue to follow the same apprenticeship framework pathway

Incentive payment for employing disabled people

  • £1500 for each new apprentice recruited
  • you can claim this in addition to the incentives above

All incentives only apply to apprenticeship levels 2 to 5.

You cannot apply if: 

  • you are recruiting on a zero hours contract
  • you are using a shared apprenticeship model

Incentives will be available through your training provider.