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Apprenticeship Recovery Package

The Department for the Economy has announced an apprenticeship recovery package, to support employers and apprentices in the economic recovery from COVID-19.

The Department for the Economy has announced an apprenticeship recovery package. The scheme will begin on 1 November 2020, when the UK wide Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends. It offers up to £3,700 of support, per apprentice, to employers who return an apprentice from furlough and retain them until they have completed their apprenticeship.

Scheme Information

Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result Scheme
As an employer, you may have had to furlough an apprentice under the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. To help you return your apprentice(s) from furlough and retain them, DfE will provide incentive payments to employers to support the return, retention and result for apprentices.

The total amount payable under the scheme will be a maximum of £3,700 per apprentice, distribution as follows:

  • Return - £500 per returned furloughed apprentice payable for the first full month of paid apprenticeship  from 1 November 2020
  • Retain – maximum of £2,000 available: £500 per month for up to 4 months of paid apprenticeship between 1 December 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • Result - £1,200 for successful full framework achievement of a returned furloughed apprentice

Find out more about the Return, Retain and Result scheme

Recruitment of New Apprenticeships
This incentive is available to all employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices. As an employer, you will be eligible for up to £3,000 for each new apprenticeship opportunity created from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. This bonus will apply to all new apprenticeship opportunities and includes apprentices who have been made redundant:

  • Payment 1 - £2,000 after 90 days retention
  • Payment 2 - £1,000 after 200 days retention from first employment

This scheme is open to employers who take on an apprentice participating on the DfE-funded ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes. 

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