On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.
Updated guidance advises:
For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:
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A £1000 incentive for the following (also payable for existing employees) – payable via SGS College in equal instalments at 90 days and 12 months for;
Employers make no National Insurance payments for apprentices under age 25
Example saving. An employer has a staff member who is under 25 and paid £16000 per year. The employer will be paying 13.8% NI on earnings above the first £8,424, so 13.8% x £7576 = £1045. If the staff member starts an apprenticeship, the employer will save £1045 per year, until the staff member reaches 25.
Government Contribution to Training Costs
This is dependent on the size of employer and the age of the apprentice.
The government top-up levy funds with an additional 10%
This is paid monthly into the apprenticeship service account.
Care Leaver Bursary
A £1000 one-off payment to apprentices who have previously been in local authority care.
For any further information, or for help with the incentives, funding and apprenticeship process, please contact our Business Development team at [email protected]
Employers have to use the Apprenticeship Service to be eligible for the new, additional incentive payments. Fortunately the process is straightforward.
Employers will claim these incentives for themselves, via the apprenticeship service. If you need help at any stage contact SGS at 01179092285 or [email protected]
The easiest and quickest processes is to set up an account, then link to SGS as a training provider and give SGS permission to reserve funds on your behalf.
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Setting up the apprenticeship service account
Employer will need:
and will need to know:
The account can be set up at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds
The employer must also sign their ESFA Employer Agreement on the service.
A youtube video on setting up your account can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC3RzRrvgoc
Employers giving Provider permissions
It is easier and preferable to set SGS permission to reserve funds and add apprentices, rather than do it yourself. We can then ensure that all the data is correct.
To do this, add SGS in the Add Training Provide Tab. You will need our UKPRN, which is 10036143.
Then SGS will show in Your Training Provider tab where they can set permissions.
Should you choose to reserve funds, rather than give SGS permission, you will need to select the Apprenticeship Standard and the Start month. We would encourage all to select the maximum of 3 months ahead.
We will not be able to see if an employer has reserved funds correctly until you link to SGS as a training provider and set permission for us to manage funds and apprentices.
This is the stage of committing an apprentice against reserved funding. SGS can do this for you, once you have set permission for SGS.
Claiming the Incentive Payments
Only the employer can do this. The above steps must have been completed correctly and the apprentice reached the eligibility window.