Government incentive encourages new apprenticeships

August 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

The last few months have been challenging for many employers. Companies in land-based industries may feel it is time to look at growing, training and developing staff. The government has introduced a temporary incentive to support employers who aim to recruit new apprentices between August 2020 and January 2021.


To qualify for the incentive, apprentices must:

  • Be a new employee - the apprentice cannot have had a contract of employment with the company within the last six months (if the learner has been self-employed or a volunteer they may still be eligible).
  • Start work between August 2020 and January 2021.

Financial support will be paid in two instalments, one at 3 months and one at 12 months.

  • 16-18 year old apprentice - £3,000 employer incentive (£1,000 from the normal employer incentive and £2,000 from the new COVID-19 support incentive).
  • 19-24 year old apprentice - £2,000 employer incentive from the new COVID-19 support incentive.
  • 25 year old and above apprentice - £1,500 employer incentive from the new COVID-19 support incentive.

WUC's Apprenticeship Contract Manager, Vicky Hitcham, said: "This is an exciting new opportunity for the sector. If you would like Writtle University College to help you advertise a new position or to discuss ways in which we can support you, please contact us for more information or to request a job vacancy form."

The standard incentive of £1,000 for 16-18 year old apprentices still applies for existing employees who you would like to start on an apprenticeship.


Writtle University College offers apprenticeships in:

  • Arborist Level 2
  • Animal Care and Welfare Assistant Level 2
  • Horticulture and Landscape Operative Level 2
  • Horticulture Supervisor Level 3
  • Horse Care – Equine Groom Level 2 and Senior Equine Groom Level 3
  • Sports Turf Operative Level 2
  • Golf Greenkeeper Level 2
  • Vet Nursing Level 3

Contact apprenticeships@writtle.ac.uk for more information.