Here to help employers

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Here to help employers

Employers in the region who are confused by the masses of information about funding for training, can seek clarity and signposting with help from The Bedford College Group’s Business Development Team.

As the region’s number one provider of work-related training, accessed by many employers using government funding, the Business Development Team prides itself on helping businesses find the best route to source much needed support.

Support available for businesses of all sizes ranges from apprenticeships to the latest government Kickstart scheme.



Don’t miss out receiving £2,000 for each new apprentice hired before March 31st 2021 aged 16 to 24. For apprentices aged 25 and over, employers will receive £1,500 incentive payment. When announcing the incentive in his summer statement last July, Chancellor Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons “We know apprenticeships work. Ninety-one per cent stay in work or go on to further training.”

This ‘bonus’ is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides employers hiring an apprentice that is aged 16-18 or under 25 with an education, health and care plan or that has been in the care of their local authority. These payments also benefit from no national Insurance employer contributions on apprentices under 25.

The Bedford College Group often have apprenticeship candidates ready to join organisations for many sectors. To find your next apprentice or to find out how an apprentice may be able to add value to your business please contact


Kickstart is a government initiative launched last summer providing funding to create new job placements for the hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic on the first rung of their career ladder; 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. 

From 3 February employers of all sizes can apply for the scheme to offer placements and the team at The Bedford College Group will be able to help with applications as a single organisation or by helping to source a Kickstart gateway alongside the local Chamber of Commerce. 

Employers are able to apply for funding that offers:  

  • 100% of national minimum wage for 25 hours a week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions.
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers are able to spread the start date of job placements up until the end of December 2021.


Traineeships funding of up to £1,000

Traineeships are a skills development programme that includes a work placement lasting from 6 weeks up to one year, different to an apprenticeship which usually lasts for three to four years).

Following the publication of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ which highlighted a £111million investment to triple the number of traineeships available employers who offer a new traineeship work placement will receive a £1000 per learner (up to 10 learners) to support engagement and assist with costs such as the purchase of additional PPE for trainees.

For employers interested in offering a traineeship work placement they must provide:

  • safe, meaningful and high-quality work experience
  • a minimum of 70 hours of work experience – but no more than 240 hours for benefit claimants – over the duration of the traineeship
  • constructive feedback and advice to the trainee
  • an interview for an apprenticeship or a job in your business at the end of the traineeship if one is available
  • an exit interview at the end of the traineeship with meaningful written feedback if no job is available.

Our Business Development Team would be able to assess the needs of the trainee and with help employers plan and agree:

  • the days the trainee works
  • how the programme will be delivered

Traineeships are flexible and can be adjusted to make sure the employer and the trainee get the most out of this experience.

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