Apprenticeships need the partnership of local businesses to be successful, so we are urging employers to get involved, by providing employment opportunities.
Now is a great time to think about how apprenticeships can support your business. The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has announced an extension to their incentive’s payment of £3,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire between 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022.
These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16–18-year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan (EHC).
Employers are offered the opportunity to design and tailor programmes to match their needs; the mixture of on and off the job learning ensures apprentices learn the bespoke skills your business needs. This means that training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.
The programme provides an opportunity for you to attract and retain the best talent for your business, by way of injecting energy, vibrancy, and enthusiastic young people with fresh ideas into your organisation.
You can take on a new apprentice or up skill existing staff. Apprentices aged 16-18 are free with no employer contribution, whilst those aged 19+ the employer will need to make an employer contribution.