The new Apprenticeship Employer Grant
announced by the Scottish Government today offers further support to employers
who take on a Modern or Graduate Apprentice within their business.
Part of the Scottish Government’s Young
Person’s Guarantee, the Apprenticeship Employer grant aims to encourage more
employers to take on an apprentice or upskill an existing staff member through
The funding includes:
£5000 for employers taking on or upskilling a 16-24 year old through an apprenticeship, and for up to 29 year olds with a disability, are care experienced, or come from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
£3500 for employers taking on or upskilling an individual aged 25 and over through an apprenticeship.
First Minister of Scotland,
Nicola Sturgeon MSP said “This pandemic has hit us hard –
especially our young people who are facing fewer opportunities. We must help
this generation who have been caught so cruelly in the eye of the COVID-19
"To do that we’ve established the
£60 million Young Person’s Guarantee. It aims to give everyone aged 16-24 the
opportunity of work, education or training.
"As part of that we will invest £15 million to
help more employers take on an apprentice. Businesses want to give young people
opportunities, but for many the impact of the pandemic will make the costs hard
to meet. So we’ll pay employers up to £5,000 for every new Modern Apprentice
they take on."
The application process for the Apprenticeship Employer Grant will open from the beginning of January 2021. Further details are available at www.apprenticeships.scot