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3. Funding and eligibility

Businesses of all sizes and across all sectors are eligible.

Most of the training will be carried out by the employer who works with an approved training provider.

The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice’s salary and for any additional training. Training costs are supported by the apprenticeships programme.

It is important to work with a training provider at a very early stage in the process. They can provide help, support and guidance.


To help businesses recruit a person who is disabled we are offering incentives until 31 March 2024.

Incentive payment for employing disabled people

  • employers who recruit a disabled apprentice will be eligible to receive an employer incentive of £2,000 per learner
  • payments are restricted to 10 disabled learners per business
  • incentives apply to apprenticeships delivered at levels 2 to 5 only and do not apply to degree apprenticeships 

You cannot apply if: 

  • you are recruiting on a zero hours contract
  • you are using a shared apprenticeship model
  • a learner is identified as having a disability after they have been recruited

Incentives will be available through your training provider.