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Take a look at what incentives there are for employers to take on an Apprentice.

The government is offering a new incentive to employers who recruit new apprentices into their business between 1 April and 30 September 2021.

From April, there will be a £3,000 incentive per apprentice, regardless of the apprentice’s age.  This is on top of the standard £1,000 incentive provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total. 

How it is paid

The new Apprenticeship Incentives are paid in two instalments – with the first one approximately four months after start date of the apprenticeship and the second one approximately 14 months after the start. 

How to claim

For the new apprentice incentives, you will need to register with the Government Digital Account System (DAS). The DAS will be used to reserve the funding for your apprenticeship/s and to claim the incentive payment.

Levy paying employers allocate and agree funds from their apprenticeship levy account rather than reserving funding and claim incentives through this account.

Setting up your account

You can create an account to manage apprenticeships on the Government website.

apprenticeship DAS screenshot

There is also a guidance video explaining the registration journey and creating an account and accept the employer agreement on the apprenticeship service:

  • Creating an account
  • Adding PAYE scheme
  • Confirming organisational details

Support Video - Employers: How to reserve funding, add an apprentice and use the recruitment tool

Access the support video for employers here.

Apprenticeship support video

York College Support

York College Business Partnerships Team can offer some support with setting up your account but you will need to do the initial registration with your company details and PAYE information. When you are setting up the account-you can give permission for us to add details, you would still need to approve anything that we did add.

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