If you employ less than 50 staff you could be entitled to £1k grant when you employ an apprentice aged 16-18


How can we help you?

CERT Apprenticeships can support you by advertising your vacancy, supporting your recruitment and helping you to find the right candidate. We have continued through the lock down to support key worker businesses recruit new staff using social distancing interviews.


The training and support for the apprenticeship is agreed between CERT, the apprentice and you. It is important that you are involved in the co-design of the apprenticeship and its training at the outset to ensure it meets your businesses needs. 

How much does it cost?

It has never been more

cost-effective to hire an apprentice. The Government is investing £1.5 billion into apprenticeships and there are employer incentives available.


The main employment costs are the apprentice's wages and supervision. Apprentices work for at least 30 hours per week and must receive the appropriate minimum wage.
For more details on the national minimum wage visit the Gov website.   

New Cash Incentives for Employers

To help bounce back from the pandemic and economic turmoil the Chancellor has introduced new employer incentives.

Between 1 Aug 2020 and 31 Jan 2021 the government will pay the following to employers taking on a new apprentice.

£1,500 if the apprentice is aged 25+

£2,000 if the apprentice is aged 16-24

£3,000 if the apprentice is aged 16-18 and you employ less than 50 people.

To be eligible the apprentice must be a new job, start within this timeframe and not have worked for you in the last six months.

Why hire an Apprentice?

An apprentice brings many benefits such as improved products or services, new ideas generation better morale amongst staff and improvement in staff retention. It offers you the ability to "grow your own" staff.

99% of businesses in the UK are small to medium sized but surprisingly only 10% employ an apprentice. 

This means a lot of businesses like yours could be missing out on an extremely effective way to tap into raw talent, up-skill their own staff and grow their business, as well are offering young people life changing career opportunities. 

Particularly now as many businesses are returning from lock down and seeking low cost solutions to re-start their business.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a framework of separate qualifications that generally include a technical certificate for knowledge, vocational qualification for job role competence, English, Maths and ICT qualifications or a Standard that develops the skills,  knowledge and behaviours required for a specific job role.

There are three different four levels: Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree. Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete and apprenticeships are delivered in partnership between the employer and a training provider like CERT. 

One of the most important aspects to consider is that in choosing an apprenticeship route you are not employing "the finished article". You are embarking on a journey to nurture and develop new talent that are the future workforce of your business. 

How to hire an Apprentice?

Fill out our form below and we will let you know along with how you can claim the cash incentives.

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