Apprentices: Wages

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Economy – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 12th October 2021.

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Photo of Gordon Lyons Gordon Lyons DUP 2:15 pm, 12th October 2021

We are aware of the issue. We want to encourage people to take on apprentices and make sure that they are able to complete their training. The apprenticeship return, retain and result scheme was developed to reduce the risk of apprentices being made redundant. In total, £3,700 per apprentice is available to employers over three incentive payments. The first one is the return element of £500 per furloughed apprentice. The retain element is a maximum of £2,000 over the course of four months, and the result element is £1,200 for successful full framework achievement of a returned apprentice.