Cash incentive for employers taking on new apprentices

Employers of all sizes across Pendle are being invited to apply for cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices and get more people into work.
The Government has launched a new apprenticeship incentiveThe Government has launched a new apprenticeship incentive
The Government has launched a new apprenticeship incentive

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan announced the scheme, which will enable apprentices to get ahead in a wide range of industries.

As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and £1,500 for each newly recruited apprentice aged 25 and over. This includes taking on an apprentice who has been made redundant.

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The cash boost is designed to support employers to cover the cost of recruiting an apprentice such as providing facilities, uniforms, helping with travel costs or to help pay their salary.

Employers who want to take advantage of the offer can apply through the government’s award-winning digital apprenticeship service.

Welcoming the plans, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “This is a great scheme which will benefit so many young people here in Pendle.

“I would strongly encourage as many employers as possible to apply now and take advantage of this generous offer whether it is used to recruit apprentices for the first time or expand their current apprenticeship offer.”