The deadline for employers to apply for the £3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice has been extended.

27 April 2022

Did you employ a new apprentice between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022? If these apprentices started their apprenticeship between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, employers could be eligible for the £3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.

Applications for the incentive payment close on 20 May 2022.

How employers apply: To receive the payment, employers must submit an application for each eligible apprentice using their apprenticeship service account. Read our step-by-step guide for more information.


Ensure employers’ applications are valid When applying for the incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice, employers must make sure they have:

  • added the correct PAYE schemes, that they use to pay their apprentices, to their apprenticeship service account, in line with the service terms and conditions
  • only applied for eligible apprentices and they have documentation which can validate their claim, as listed in the apprenticeship funding rules
  • checked their training provider has the correct National Insurance Number for each of their apprentices, and that they have included this in their funding submissions If the information is incorrect, this will delay incentive payments. 

Access support: If you have a query about the incentive payment, check the help articles in our help portal.