Apprentices: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd October 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they plan to provide for companies to continue to offer apprenticeship training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Apprenticeships will be more important than ever in helping businesses recruit the right people and develop the skills they need to recover and grow. In the 2020/21 financial year, funding available for investment in apprenticeships in England will remain around £2.5 billion – double the number spent in the 2010/11 financial year. The government is committed to ensuring people of all ages can continue to benefit from the high-quality training that an apprenticeship offers. Through our ‘Plan for Jobs’, a total of £1.6 billion is to be invested in scaling up employment support schemes, training and apprenticeships.

To help support employers to offer new apprenticeships, employers are now able to claim £2,000 for every new apprentice they hire under the age of 25 between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, and £1,500 for those 25 and over. The department have introduced flexibilities to enable apprentices to continue to train during the COVID-19 outbreak and we encourage employers to take advantage of these flexibilities and the new payments.

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