Apprenticeship Funding

Funding for apprenticeships is changing, by spring next year you will need to register on the government’s Apprenticeship Service portal to access funding for new apprentices and to use the funding to up-skill current employees.

Once you have set up an account you will be able to:

  • Reserve funds for up to 3 apprentices
  • Connect with a levy employer to access funding
  • Select your training provider
  • Manage your learners funding


An Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Pool is being set up in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and will help transfer unspent apprenticeship levy payments from levy payers to small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the area. If you are a non levy paying organisation, you will be able to fund your apprenticeships through a levy transfer from a large employer, this will mean there is no cost to you for the training.


For more information about registering on the Apprenticeship Service or funding, please contact: Alison Ward email:   Call: 07901 207114


Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

When you hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021, you can apply for extra funding.

For apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 24, you’ll receive £2,000
  • 25 and over, you’ll receive £1,500


The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority


You can also get the incentive payment when you hire an apprentice who’s been made redundant, as long as they’re new to your organisation.


What you can use the payment for?

The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds and you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs, for example travel, salary, uniforms etc. The incentive payments do not have to be paid back.


Useful links:

Incentive payments

Apprenticeship service account


Workforce Development Funding

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) which is distributed by Skills for Care through a network of employer led partnerships. Care Development East is the employer led partnership in Suffolk and distributes the funds to members of the partnership.


The fund allows you to claim money towards the cost of learning programmes such as Apprenticeships (or employer contributions) but can only be claimed once a candidate has completed their full qualification. Funding is only eligible for learning programmes and associated costs completed between 1 January 2020 and 31 March 2021 and a maximum of £2000 can be claimed for each learner.


What qualifications can I claim for?

Enhanced funding per learner for completion of the adult care worker and lead adult care worker apprenticeship standards.

Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standards – upon completion of the diploma and after the end-point assessment has been passed.


Click here for a full list of eligible qualifications


Any Questions?

If you have any questions about eligible qualifications or the claiming process please contact the Care Development East office and chat to a member of the team. We are very happy to talk you through the process.

Call: 01449 720400  Email: