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Employers who take on an apprentice can access increased financial support thanks to a new initiative in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

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 an apprenticeship.  

The funding includes:    

  • £5,000 for employers taking on or upskilling a 16 to 24-year through an apprenticeship, and for those aged up to 29 years who have a disability, are care experienced or are from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background.   
  • £3,500 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 storm. 

"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."

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell, said: “Scottish Government’s support underlines the commitment to apprenticeships and their crucial role in economic recovery. 

“Additional funding for employers to recruit apprentices means sustaining vital opportunities for people to work, learn and earn, while ensuring businesses have the critical skills they need”.

Chair of Skills Development Scotland, Frank Mitchell

The application process for the Apprenticeship Employer Grant will open from the beginning of January 2021.  Further details are available at

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