Rishi Sunak earlier today announced an additional £126 million in England for high quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds in the 2021/22 academic year. Extending and increasing payments made to employers that hire new apprentices.
Employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 will receive £3,000 per new hire, compared with £1,500 per new apprentice hire (or £2,000 for those aged 24 and under) under the previous scheme.
This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government provides for all new 16-18 year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, where that applies.
The government will introduce a £7 million fund from July 2021 to help employers in England set up and expand portable apprenticeships.
This will enable people who need to work across multiple projects with different employers to benefit from the high quality long-term training that an apprenticeship provides.
Employers themselves will also benefit from access to a diverse apprenticeship talent pipeline.
Employers who provide trainees with work experience will continue to be funded at a rate of £1,000 per trainee.
This is good news for hospitality businesses especially providers of apprenticeships.
We spoke with Adele Oxberry, founder and CEO of leading hospitality apprenticeships provider Umbrella Training, to gauge her reaction to the chancellor’s announcement: “We welcome what was a largely positive budget announcement for hospitality.
“The ‘flexi-job’ apprenticeships look, in principle, to be a progressive move which enables both employers and the apprentices themselves to create a flexible and more dynamic workforce.
“The doubling of grants will also help businesses get back on their feet. The £3,000 helps organisations begin to think about how they can start taking on apprentices and how this can fit into their overarching people strategies.
“The expansion if Kickstart is also seemingly incredibly positive. The programme helps to pay staff wages, give employers a cash investment and help to build tomorrow’s workforce.”
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