Employer grants available with Apprenticeship NI

Employer grants

Employer Grants can give employers up to £3,000

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Employer Grants

Apprenticeship Recovery Package will help support and upskill your staff and business with Employer Grants

There are three elements to the Apprenticeship recovery package:

Apprenticeship Return, Retain and Result Scheme

As an employer, you may have had to furlough an apprentice under the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. To help you return your apprentice(s) from furlough, and retain them until 31st March 2021 and on to successful completion of their apprenticeship, DfE will provide incentive payments to employers to support the return, retention and result for apprentices.

The total amount payable under the scheme will be a maximum of £3,700 per apprentice, distribution as follows:

  • Return – £500 per returned furloughed apprentice payable for the first full month of paid apprenticeship  from 1 November 2020
  • Retain – maximum of £2,000 available: £500 per month for up to 4 months of paid apprenticeship between 1 December 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • Result – £1,200 for successful full framework achievement of a returned furloughed apprentice

This scheme is open to employers participating on the DfE-funded ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes, who return their furloughed apprentices to work since April 2020.


Recruitment of New Apprenticeships

This incentive is available to all employers to support the recruitment of new apprentices. As an employer, you will be eligible for up to £3,000 for each new apprenticeship opportunity created from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. This bonus will apply to all new apprenticeship opportunities and includes apprentices who have been made redundant:

  • Payment 1 – £2,000 after 90 days retention
  • Payment 2 – £1,000 after 200 days retention from first employment

This scheme is open to employers who take on an apprentice participating on the DfE-funded ApprenticeshipsNI or Higher Level Apprenticeship programmes.


Apprenticeship Challenge Fund

Apprenticeships are beneficial to young people, employers and the wider economy, however, there are barriers that can stop the expansion of opportunities and participation which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Apprenticeship Challenge Fund is currently in development to promote greater collaboration between employers and suppliers, whilst maintaining the employers’ role at the centre of the apprenticeship system and creating room for DfE to take a more creative and innovative approach to solving problems, such as:

  • shared Apprenticeship Models
  • Apprenticeship Brokerage Service
  • Employer Apprenticeship Mentoring Programmes to give managers the skills they need to effectively manage apprentices/apprenticeship programmes gaining maximum benefit for the employer
  • Apprentice Mentoring Programme to help new apprentices integrate into businesses
  • the removal of monetary and non-monetary barriers to recruitment; Identify monetary/non-monetary barriers

Funding will be via a grant to successful applicants following a competitive assessment process. Successful applicants will receive one-off awards of up to £50,000, although there is an option to increase for proposals with multiple partners or features.

It is anticipated that the Challenge Fund will open for applications in October 2020 with awards made in November 2020 – find out more about the fund.



Employer Grants
Employer Grants


Here what current employers have to say

“Since joining the Apprenticeship programme we have seen a real improvement in our staff retention rate. The team receive training that is tailored to their role within the company. It is a great way to support the induction of new staff.”
Gary Mitchell from Foyle Food Group Campsie.


Employer Grants


To hear more about the

Apprenticeship recovery package call:

07860803643 (Debbie)
07739651578 (Tomazina)



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