The Welsh Government has set up an incentive scheme to help encourage businesses to take on apprentices.
The £18.7 million programme aims to increase the number of people in work and provide them with a pathway into employment, training or education.
It means that employers could be awarded up to £40,000 in grants for recruiting up to 10 new apprentices.
The scheme was launched in August 2020 and has recruited 1,300 apprentices so far. It's set to end on 30 September 2021.
The Welsh Government's scheme creates opportunities to upskill your workforce and grow your business, all while helping to alleviate financial pressure.
Employers are awarded up to £4,000 for each apprentice they recruit*
*The Welsh Government employer incentive promises £4,000 for every apprentice recruited who is between 16-24 years old and up to £2,000 for every apprentice aged 25 and over.
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The employer incentive allows you to start recruiting again. You'll find fresh talent and secure up to £40,000 worth of funding.
Apprenticeship funding for employers
Any organisation in Wales that takes on a new, young apprentice aged 16-24 for at least 30 hours a week, can claim up to £4,000 per employee from the Welsh Government's incentive fund.
If you hire 10 young apprentices, you could be awarded up to £40,000.
There are different bands of funding available, so the scheme is inclusive and flexible for every aspiring apprentice, whether they're young, more experienced, or has barriers to learning.
The Welsh Government has designed the scheme with opportunity in mind, so you can recruit the right apprentice into your organisation.
What funding is available?
How much you're awarded relies on the age of the apprentice, whether they've already been made redundant, and how many hours they are contracted to work for you.
Employing an apprentice who was made redundant from their previous apprenticeship
Payments are available in respect of any apprentice, regardless of age, who has been made redundant from their apprenticeship programme after 23 March 2020 and are recruited by a new employer to continue their apprenticeship.
The only proviso is that they're on the same framework pathway as before they were made redundant.
You must commit to employing the apprentice for at least the time it would take them to complete their apprenticeship.
If you're re-employing a redundant apprentice, the incentive is worth £2,600. They must complete their apprenticeship in the same framework pathway and their contract of employment must be at least 30 hours per week.
Where the contract of employment is at least 16 hours per week, but less than 30 hours, the incentive is worth £1,300. Again, that's when you're reemploying an apprentice, so they can complete their apprenticeship on the framework they started before redundancy.
Employing an apprentice who is new to apprenticeships
If the apprentice is aged between 16 and 24 years old on the start date of employment and the contract of employment is for at least 30 hours per week, the incentive is worth £4,000.
£2,000 is available if the apprentice is aged between 16 and 24 years old on the start date of employment and the contract of employment is at least 16 hours per week but less than 30 hours per week.
If the apprentice is aged 25 or over on the start date of employment and the contract of employment is for at least 30 hours per week, £2,000 is available.
£1,000 is available if the apprentice is aged 25 or over on the start date of employment and the contract of employment is at least 16 hours per week but less than 30 hours per week.
Additional Disability Incentive
Employers who recruit a disabled apprentice are eligible to receive an additional uplift of £1,500 per learner. This uplift is additional to the payment above.
The learner’s disability can be self-declared and must be identified at the point of recruitment. You, as the employer, must be aware of their disability before you decide to recruit.
Download the TSW Apprenticeships Employer Incentive flyer
If you'd like to know more about the employer incentive scheme, download our flyer which gives you the funding details at a glance.
Eligibility and apprenticeship funding rules
In order to attract the incentive, each apprentice must:
- Meet the full eligibility criteria for the apprenticeship
- Be directly recruited as an apprentice
- Be employed for at least 16 hours per week and not be employed on a zero hours contract
- Not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the employment contract start date (unless the apprentice is eligible for the
- Additional Disability Incentive and they were recruited from 2 March 2020, in which case this criteria does not apply)
- Have a contract of employment start date between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2021 (inclusive)
In order to attract the incentive, each employer must:
- Provide a contract of employment confirming employment start date and weekly hours of employment
- Commit to employing the apprentice for at least the time taken to complete their apprenticeship
- Complete an Employer Declaration
- Not have recruited more than 10 apprentices under the incentive
Bands of funding available in 2021:
When will you receive the grants?
The incentives are paid in two parts:
- 50% after the apprentice has been employed for 4 weeks and is still undertaking their apprenticeship – payments are made on a monthly basis so it could be up to 2 months before you receive your first payment
- 50% after the apprentice has been employed for 270 days and is still undertaking their apprenticeship – payments are made on a monthly basis so it could be up to 10 months before you receive your second payment
So long as your business is registered in Wales, any operation regardless of its size or sector is eligible.
You can recruit up to 10 apprentices and the bands of funding typically rely on the apprentice's age and how many hours a week they work, but there are exceptions. For instance, the funding available for disability apprenticeships is available regardless of the apprentice's age.
The funding isn't available for workers on zero-hour contracts, or shared apprenticeship models.
You can find the full terms and conditions, plus the types of funding available on the Welsh Government's website.