Incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice from 1 October 2021 - 31 January 2022

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You can now apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age, who have an employment start date between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022.  They must also have an apprenticeship start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

You must set up an apprenticeship service account to apply. 

You can apply for the incentive payment after you add new apprentices to your apprenticeship service account. 

You can apply for these apprentices from 11 January to 15 May 2022. 

Where you apply for an incentive payment in the same month as being eligible to be paid an instalment, payment of your instalment may be delayed by a month to allow for necessary payment checks.

Please note: It is the employers' responsibility to apply for the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.  This can't be done by the training provider.

How the incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice works

You’ll get the payment in 2 equal instalments. You will be eligible for 50% of the payment 90 days after the and the remaining 50% after the apprentice completes 365 days of their apprenticeship.

The apprentice will need to be in employment and undertaking their apprenticeship at these times as evidenced in the Individualised Learner Record.

Apprentices who’ve been made redundant are eligible as long as they’re a new employee to your organisation and the apprentice’s previous employer did not receive the first instalment of the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.


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