Make sure you don't miss out on Incentive Payments and how to claim


Applications for the increased incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice are now open.

The incentive payment for apprentices who joined organisations from 1 April 2021

  • Employers with apprentices who have an employment start date between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 and who also have a practical period (training) start date between 1 April 2021 and 30 November 2021 may be eligible for an incentive payment
  • Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age
  • Employers must apply for these apprentices by the end of 30 November 2021
  • Employers can visit our guidance page for more details

In addition to existing apprentices, any new hires employers make between now and 30 September 2021 may also be eligible for an incentive payment. 

How to apply

Employers can apply for the incentive payment through the 'Finances' section in their apprenticeship service account. For a walk-through of the process, employers can watch our support video.

Reminder: steps to take before employers apply

There are 6 steps employers need to have completed before they apply for an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice:

  1. You to have registered an account on the apprenticeship service
  2. If you do not pay the apprenticeship levy, they need to have reserved funds in their apprenticeship service account
  3. You need to have recruited an apprentice
  4. You need to have added their apprentice to their apprenticeship service account
  5. You need to have agreed a start date for apprenticeship training to begin with their training provider
  6. You need to have accepted the latest version of the ESFA employer agreement

If you require support with any of these steps, you can watch how-to videos, check the advice on apprenticeships.gov.uk or visit our help portal, where they can access help articles, webchat with an adviser, call (0800 150 600) or text (07588 690018) our helpline, or email our helpdesk.

 You can also download our user guide here  If you are still having difficulties, please contact your Aspire to Learn representative.


10 Jun 2021

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