As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and £1,500 for each newly recruited apprentice aged 25 and over.
This is on top of the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
The cash boost is designed to support employers to cover the cost of recruiting an apprentice such as providing facilities or uniforms, helping with travel costs or helping to pay their salary.
Under the Chancellor’s landmark £2 billion Kickstart scheme - employers can offer young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit a six-month work placement.
The Government will pay 100% of the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Employers will be able to top up this wage, while the Government will also pay employers £1500 to set up support and training for people on a Kickstart placement, as well as helping pay for uniforms and other set up costs.
The schemes will give young people – who are more likely to have been furloughed, with many working in the hardest hit sectors - the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.
I am urging every employer, big or small, in the Forest of Dean to sign up, support our local young people and help us continue our economic recovery