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The Government has measures in place to help fund apprenticeships and T Level placements – which are more important than ever.

T Level Placement Incentive

Employers can now claim £1,000 for every student they are able to offer a T Level placement to between 27 May 2021 and 31 July 2022.

All that is required is that you offer a high-quality T Level placement that starts before 31/07/2022. It does not have to be completed within this timeframe – but completed by the end of the two-year T Level programme. Placements cannot be offered in a remote setting.

All sized employers are eligible for this incentive, excluding Government bodies and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs), and you’ll be able to receive payment before the placement starts (though this must be as close as possible to the placement start date). There are no stipulations about how this money is used.

Incentive Payment for Hiring New Apprentices

What’s on offer?

You are entitled to receive £3,000 for new apprentices of ANY AGE who have a employment start date between 1st October 2021 and 11th January 2022. Applications to receive this payment close on 15th May 2022.

This payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers receive for taking on an apprentice who is:

  • 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan (EHCP), or who has been in the care of their local authority.

How does it work?

Once you’ve added your new apprentices to your Apprenticeship Service account you will be able to apply for this incentive.

To be paid the full amount, the apprenticeship must last for at least a year. You’ll be paid in two instalments: 50% after the apprentice completes 90 days with you, and the remaining 50% after their first year (365 days).

This payment is different from the Apprenticeship Levy – it can be used for anything to support your organisation’s costs, and it does NOT have to be paid back.

Reserving Apprenticeship Funds through the Apprentice Service

DON’T DELAY: Failing to register an account and secure funding is delaying starts on our system. If you need help with this process, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The Apprenticeship Service helps employers access apprenticeship funding, recruit apprentices and manage their apprenticeships.

As a local employer, you’re able to sign up and take control of your apprenticeships – as well as access the funding that will help your business grow.  

By reserving funding this way, the Government will transfer 95% of the cost to us, and as the employer you will fund the remaining 5% as your contribution.

Small employers (with fewer than 50 employees) don’t have to pay the 5% contribution – if the apprentice they take on is between 16-18 years old, or 19-24 and is a care leaver or has an EHCP.

Create your Apprenticeship Service account


Traineeships are fully funded by the Government, designed to prepare young people aged 16-24 for their future career. They’re a fantastic way for employers to identify future talent.

Employers will now receive a £1,000 Incentive payment, for up to 10 Traineeships per employer.

Traineeships are an ideal opportunity for you to get know potential employees before committing to an Apprenticeship or employment opportunity. Many trainees progress to apprenticeships, and employers can take advantage of further incentive payments for apprenticeships (see above).

Why not think about a Traineeship before an Apprenticeship and take advantage of the combined incentive payments?

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme is a new Government initiative for those aged 16-24, who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of becoming long-term unemployed.

Funding will cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, along with associated National Insurance contributions and the employer’s minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The Kickstart Scheme is a six-month job placement to develop skills and experience, that will be useful to the young person in the jobs they undertake after the placement.

A sum of £1,500 per job is also available for set-up costs, support and training. The College can provide you with this training and align it to the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for the job role making a seamless transition into an Apprenticeship opportunity for the young person.

How Oldham College can help you

We have a talent pool of great candidates from all subject areas – and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the incentive schemes listed above.

For questions relating to the Apprenticeship Levy and payments and recruitment, contact our Business Development team:

Accounting, Digital & Creative, Management, Horticulture

David Morris, Workforce Development Consultant
0161 785 3585 | 07912485448


Karen Northend, Business Advisor
0161 785 4052 | 07710 092 607

Hair & Beauty, Business & Paralegal, Barbering, Nails, Customer Service

Alison Woodruff, Business Advisor
0161 785 4050

Early Years and Health

Neil Bradley, Business Advisor
0161 785 4060 | 07912 485450

Did you know?

16-18yr old
apprenticeships are funded by the government. Employers will only pay their salary.
of employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the economic climate.
report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company.