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

There is a new incentive for employers taking on new apprentices with an employment contract start date between 1st August 2020 and 31st March 2021. Employers may be awarded £2,000 for hiring new apprentices aged 16-24 years, or £1,500 for those aged 25 and older.

This funding is in addition to the £1000 incentive already available to employers for recruiting a 16 to 18 year old apprentice, therefore giving a potential total incentive grant of up to £3000.

You can find the Government guidance to the new Apprenticeship Incentives on the Government website.

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.

Government Guidance: How to register and use the apprenticeship service as an employer.

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 Development Unit 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. 

York College have developed a Step-by-Step Guide that you may find useful for once the account is set up. 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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