Employers of all sizes in England can now apply for extra funding to help them take on new apprentices, in a drive to revolutionise the skills and training offer across the country.

Available from 1 June, the boost to the Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme was confirmed by the Chancellor in the Budget in March. Businesses can now apply to claim £3,000 for each new apprentice hired as a new employee from 1 April until 30 September.

The cash incentive is designed to help more employers invest in the skilled workforce they need for the future, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

Employers can choose how to spend the cash, for example, covering uniform or travel costs for the apprentice.

The deadline for businesses to apply for these apprentices is 30 Sept 2021. More details here.