‘A plan for jobs and employment schemes available to UK employers

At some stage your business will look to expand and take on another employee at which point, as an employer, you will potentially look to government schemes to subsidise this team expansion. There are a range of government schemes available to employers which offer financial incentives.

Please see below a list of current employment schemes offered by the UK government.


An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with sustained off-the-job learning. This style of employment scheme rewards employers when they pay their new employee a salary in return for training relevant to their job. An apprenticeship should consist of 80% of their time in the workplace and 20% off-the-job training.
Apprenticeships are a great way to improve your businesses productivity and grow talent. Apprentices also tend to stick with their employer if you treat them right. If you take on an apprentice here are some of the incentives you can expect:

● £3,000 for each apprentice employers take on as a new employee between 1st April and 30th September 2021.
● A government contribution to support specific groups of apprentices such as 16 to 18-year-olds, those with disabilities, or young people leaving care.

The only cost to the employer is equipment, the Apprentice National Minimum Wage which is at least £4.15 per hour and potentially a contribution of 5% of the apprentice’s training and assessment costs.

Kickstart scheme

The Kickstart scheme is available to 16 – 24-year-olds who aren’t currently working, are claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment. This employment scheme is fully subsidised by the government and provides the employer with £1,500 to cover the costs of employability training and on the job start-up costs. New employees will spend 100% of their time within the workplace over a 6 month work placement.

There are huge benefits to the Kickstart scheme to employees, the main one being taking on a new employee at no cost. This scheme is a great first step before taking on the employee as an apprentice.


A traineeship can last anywhere between 6 weeks – 1 year and is all about building that employee’s skills. As an employer you’re responsible for offering at least 70 hours of high-quality work experience to help further the employees education. This employment scheme offers £1,000 to each business per young person placement from the 1st September 2020 and 31st July 2022.

Traineeships do not cost the employer anything and provide your business with a young dynamic new employee who you can install good working practices into.

Please note, all information has been taken from the Government website and is up to date as of May 2021.

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