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16-24 year olds - support for employers

This page summarises incentives for companies to support 16-24 year olds. The different schems are summarised below. Full details can be downloaded here

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Apprenticeships provide a real job with substantive, sustained high quality training in order to become occupationally competent in the chosen industry with a broad range of industries on offer.

Employer costs: Wages of the apprentice – at least £4.15 /hour
A % of the cost of training for apprentices for employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy at a rate of 10% for starts prior to 01/04/19 and 5% from that date, (note this can be supported by a levy transfer, where an employer who pays the apprenticeship levy transfers some of their funding to an employer who does not pay the apprenticeship levy).
No cost to employer for apprenticeship training if they have less than 50 employees, and an apprentice (on the first day of their apprenticeship) is aged 16- 18 or 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) or has been in the care of their local authority

Employer incentives: Available from 1 January 2022 for new hires with an employment start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. Applications close on 15 May 2022:
Payment is in addition to wider funding support for apprenticeship training/assessment, and other existing payments to support specific groups of apprentices.
Incentive payment can be spent on wide range of costs to support an apprentice e.g. wages, travel, mentoring. The incentive payment has been created to help more people build skills whilst working by becoming an apprentice, employers can choose how to spend the incentive to best support their apprentices. Click here for more details

Training: Off-the-job (OTJ) training is required for the purpose of achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the approved apprenticeship.
OTJ training can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work. It can also include regular day release, block release and special training days/workshops.
At least 20% of an apprentice’s normal working hours, over the planned duration of the apprenticeship training period must be spent on OTJ.
Duration: At least 12 Months

More information: Vacancies advertised on find an apprenticeship
Apply directly to vacancies and FE / independent training providers


High quality six-month work placements in ‘new’ jobs, aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are currently out of work and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment

Employer cost: No Cost
Employer incentives: 100% of wages are subsidised at NMW for up to 25 hours, NI Contributions and auto enrolment cost. Funding for on the job start up costs for example uniform, hard hat, IT equipment and other practical materials
Training: In work training to develop transferable skillsto increase chances of longer term work
Duration: 6 months (26 weeks)
More information:

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Designed to help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience. Study based programmes, combined with work placements, which give young people the opportunity to develop workplace skills and experience; putting them in a better position to compete for future vacancies and opportunities

Employer cost: No cost (Optional whether employer pays the young person including payment for things like travel and subsistence)
Employer incentives: £1000 (limit of 10 incentive payments per employer)
Training: Work preparation training with a training provider
English and maths, if qualified below level 2, and digital training with a training provider
A work experience placement lasting 70-240 hours with an employer
They are also flexible so young people can access additional support such as mentoring and do additional qualifications
Can include optional technical and professional qualifications to help learners prepare for occupational standards within apprenticeships
Duration: Between 6 weeks and 12 months. Minimum 70 hours work experience.
More information: Apply directly to college/training provider.
Through Jobcentre plus advisors after making a claim for benefits.
Through National Careers Service

Industry Placements as part of T Levels

Form part of a Level 3 technical qualification, equivalent to 3 A Levels and based on the same employer designed standards as Apprenticeships.
Offers a broader course content across an occupational route, and students will also develop knowledge and skills that are required for an individual occupation.

Employer cost: No cost (optional whether employer pays the young person)
Employer incentives: Up to £750 through some providers, in selected regions only, for the 2020/21 Academic Year as part of a pilot
Training: Two – year occupational specific course equivalent to 3 A’ Levels
Duration: Minimum of 315 hours (roughly 45 days) over 2 years. This can include up to 35 hour of work taster activities. 
More information:
Nataionl Careers Service


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