The current environment makes it’s a good time to recruit – there are plenty of good candidates out there. But wait a momentb& before you start your search, have you considered hiring an apprentice?

Benefit from a grant if you recruit before the 31st March

If you take on new apprentices from August 2020, you can apply for the government grant between August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

The scheme offers B#2,000 for every new apprentice aged 16 to 24, and B#1,500 for those aged 25 and over. Employers receive 50% after the apprentice completes 90 days, and 50% at the end of a full year. This can be claimed on top of the £1,000 already offered for those who hire apprentices aged 16 to 18, and for those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who have been in local authority care.

Drive more productivity!

A Gov UKB survey demonstrated that 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity. An apprentice in the workplace means an extra pair of, highly motivated, hands. More senior staff will be able to delegate certain tasks, giving them time to get on with their main responsibilities.

A new governmentB serviceB to hire apprentices who have been made redundant is available. These apprentices may already have the skills and knowledge you need, so you’ll have a work-ready apprentice who can quickly add value to your business.

Drive and Up skill your existing workforce

You can use apprenticeship training to fill any key skill gaps in your business and boost your wider employee motivation by investing in their development also.

Boost Team Morale

Employee morale is important for any business to look at and work to improve – particularly while much of the team may be working remotely. Luckily, apprentices often bring a fresh approach and a positive attitude into the workforce, which can have a knock-on effect on existing staff.

Government Training and Assessment support

As an employer, you are responsible for paying your apprentice for their normal working hours. But you may be eligible for support with costs of training and assessments. If you also employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and 19-24.

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