Government launches campaign promoting apprenticeship incentives

Government launches campaign promoting apprenticeship incentives

Following the economic shock caused by the coronavirus pandemic, a new campaign has been launched by the government to encourage employers to build their business.

Running from August 2020 to January 2021, this new government apprenticeship incentive will help employers build their business for a better future.

This campaign will help employers take on apprentices, with some benefits now available to them.

A payment of £2000 is available for all new apprentices aged 16-24. This is in addition to £1000 which is already available for apprentices aged 16-18. There is also a payment of £1,500 available for applicants who are age 25 and over.

The incentive payments can be claimed directly by employer through their Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account.

Tameside local authority also supports employers with a number of incentives to attract apprentices.  This includes:

  • Tameside Trade Grant of up to £750 for Tameside resident apprentices aged 16-24, completing apprenticeships in skilled trades (allied trades) such as: construction, plumbing and electrical. The grant is used to purchase tools essential for their apprenticeship. This excludes PPE items which must be provided by the employer.

Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA)

Apprentices that have been made redundant without completing their apprenticeships and those at risk of redundancy can now access support from the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA). 

ReSSA enables individuals to access free online information and telephone support, helping apprentices to connect with national and local support services, including financial, legal, health and wellbeing and careers advice services. The service will also help redundant apprentices identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities and, where they are eligible, complete their current apprenticeship. 

The service is made up of three main elements: 

·        Providing apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy 

·        Signposting apprentices to local and national support services 

·        An apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities 

Further details can be found at:

Or 0800 015 0400 to get free advice, find new opportunities, and access local and national support services offering financial, health and wellbeing, legal and careers advice.

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