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Apprenticeships: Costs and Benefits

Over the last few months the government have announced various measures to help employers and businesses to get people back into work via apprenticeships. These grants, changes and availability of resources has been confusing. Here is a breakdown of what apprentices are, so you can make the best decision with all the facts in-hand.

Cost to the employer

Wages will cost a minimum of £4.15 an hour.

For non-levy employers (wage bill under £3 million a year) there will be a maximum of 5% contribution towards the apprenticeship training. Levy transfers are available from large employers to pay for the apprenticeship training.. Large employers will pay for 100% of the apprenticeship training via their apprenticeship levy.

There is no cost to employer for apprenticeship training if they have less than 50 employees, and an apprentice (on the first day of their apprenticeship) is aged 16-

18 or 19-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) or has been in the care of their local authority.


Available from 1 August 2020 until 31 January 2021 for new apprentice hires:

£2000 - aged 16-24

£1500 – aged 25+

Employers who take on a new apprentice aged 16-18 at the start of their apprenticeship will be eligible for a £1000 grant. The grant is paid in two instalments, the first after 90 days and the second after 365 days that the apprentice continues their training.


Apprenticeships allow you to train staff in your vocational area to the specifications of your setting. Their learning will be integral to the apprenticeship completion, and they will learn they way you work as an employer. You will be growing your own talent.

Apprentices bring in fresh perspective and ideas into a business, and add value to existing businesses. Contact us today on 01474 704441 to see how an apprenticeship with Quest can help benefit you and your business.




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