The recent Chancellor’s Budget announcement did contain some good news for employers who recruit new senior staff and wish to support them to undertake diploma qualifications, such as the “Registered Manager” level 5. Care employers supporting staff to obtain this qualification as part of a higher-level apprenticeship, are eligible to receive directly a government cash incentive.
The scheme is extended to September 2021, and employers taking on a new recruit from 1st April will now be eligible for an increased £3000 incentive payment. The payment is made directly to the employer and is additional to other incentives available to employers such as the £2000 available from the Workforce Development Fund managed by Skills for Care.
If you are an employer who has already recruited a member of staff after 1st August 2020, then if you have enrolled them on an apprenticeship before the end of March 2021, you could still be eligible for a £1500 incentive payment. You must act quickly if your current employee is not yet enrolled on the apprenticeship as the new incentive only applies to those recruited and employed after 1st April 2021.
If you are looking for new senior staff, these government incentives are intended to persuade you that enrolling them on to an apprenticeship is a good idea. The apprenticeship is intended to enrich the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the individual, as well as obtain the qualification appropriate for the role. Creating managers capable of leading good or outstanding service provision is important at any time, and even more so during current Covid-19 times. By enrolling your employee onto an apprenticeship the government cash incentives available show that they want to support you to develop your service too.
If you would like to know more information about the Access Skills Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship course or the Government Grant Initiative, please contact one of our specialist skills advisors at 0121 510 2169 or enquire with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.