Apprentice incentive deadline

Apprentice incentive deadline

Time is running out to claim the apprentice incentive

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said this week there are ‘no plans to extend the current apprenticeship incentives beyond their cut-off date on September 30. In an exclusive interview as part of the All About Apprenticeships podcast from the HomeServe Foundation, the Minister said the incentives, which offered grants to SMEs taking on an apprentice, had a deliberate time limit in order to force employers to take on an apprentice now. The Government is currently offering £3000 per newly recruited apprentice, regardless of age from 1st April 2021 to 30th September 2021. Claims are made via the DAS portal by the employer, claim window for this new incentive opened on June 1, 2021

Interested in hiring an apprentice? Get in touch today.

The deadline is 30th September 2021

Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

Public Sector Apprenticeship Target

Target Deadline









1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022

Public sector bodies have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starters over the period.

The public sector apprenticeship target was introduced by the UK government in April 2017 in accordance with The Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017. The target for new apprenticeships includes both newly employed apprentices and any existing staff that have begun an apprenticeship. All public sector bodies in scope must submit a report annually to the government on their progress in meeting the target.


The National Careers Service Webinars

The National Careers Service Webinars

Information: the National Careers Service results day webinars for parents/carers

We recognise that it has been a challenging year for students and want to equip parents and carers with advice to support their children on the day.

Click the links below to sign up to one of the webinars and get:

tips on how your child can prepare for results day

advice about their options

advice about leaving education and exploring careers

signposting to useful sources

an opportunity for Q&A

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Ignite your Future

Ignite your Future

Ignite your Future through an apprenticeship with NHS Blood and Transplant

We are proud to be working in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant to support their Ignite Your Future scheme.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), who provides the blood donation service in England and transplant services across the UK, have apprentice opportunities across many different roles and areas!

We believe Youth Can Do It. Discover your potential, or help someone discover theirs Find out more.




Career Skills Assessment

Career Skills Assessment

Are you interested in completing a Career Skills Assessment?

Understanding yourself can help you work out what careers you may enjoy working in. You can use this information to explore careers that interest you in more detail. The National Careers Service has a Careers Skills Assessment and Skills Health check that you can use to help. 

A skills assessment can be helpful at any stage of your career, like when you:

  • start your career
  • return to work
  • progress your career

Transferable skills are a set of skills that you’re good at. You can build them up over time, through work, volunteering, education, and life. You can apply these skills to a range of jobs.

You may want to take an assessment to help you:

  • find out what interests and motivates you
  • identify your skills
  • find out what you can do with the skills you have

Visit the Skills Assessment here

Visit the Skills Health Check here

How to Upskill Yourself

How to Upskill Yourself

How to Upskill Yourself

Upskilling is something that is becoming increasingly relevant, particularly in today’s climate, when everyone is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Many individuals have found themselves rethink their careers. Upskilling has also become necessary to survive in the current job market, which is ever more competitive and fast-paced.

In this article, we will outline what it means to upskill yourself, why it’s beneficial, and how to do it.

What is Upskilling?


Upskilling is the process of learning additional skills and competencies.

This means that employees add to their existing knowledge and skillsets to keep up with the new trends and retain business. If employees do not upskill, they will add to the skill gap – the gap between the number of roles that require certain skills and the number of people that actually possess those skills. 

Why is it Beneficial to Upskill?


There are many benefits of upskilling yourself, which include:

  • It gives you the potential to progress within your chosen career.
  • Research has shown that upskilling boosts your morale and productivity
  • It boosts your employability and potential to change to a slightly different job.

Upskilling isn’t just beneficial when training for a new job. It can simply help you to broaden your horizons at the business you currently work for.

How Can You Upskill Yourself?


You can upskill yourself in a variety of different ways, depending on what’s right for you and your career. Discuss your intentions with your employer as they may be extremely passionate about investing in your future. There are many tools on the internet that can help you to identify which skills you would like to gain. 

Tools like Barclays LifeSkills’ Wheel of Strengths can also give you a good starting point in exploring what you would like to develop.

Let us support you with your career goals

We deliver apprenticeship programmes. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you will be paid an apprentice wage, apprenticeship programmes can be used to upskill existing staff and do not change your contract of employment.