The governments drive to encourage employers to hire apprentices started on August 1. As companies begin to get back to ‘normal’ with employees returning to work in the office, there has never been a better time for childcare companies to hire new apprentices.

The incentive offers employers £2000 for each new apprenticeship aged under 25 they hire, and £1500 for each new apprentice hired aged 25 and over.

The incentive runs from 1 August 2020 to 31 January 2020 and was designed to create more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.

Across the UK as the restrictions begin to lift on going out and returning to the office, childcare companies are beginning to see their customers returning. With the cost of recruiting those more experienced in the childcare profession, this incentive is a great way to boost staff numbers whilst teaching new skills to those aspiring to move up the childcare ladder.

Busy Bees, the UK’s largest nursery group and a client of Smart Assessor, employers’ apprentices across its nurseries and supports other childcare providers with their training too. Managing Director of Busy Bees, Clare Phizacklea, said that she hoped the scheme would encourage more early years employers to take on apprentices.

‘It has always been important to encourage employers to take on apprentices; they offer a breath of fresh air, are keen to learn and develop with your business and become loyal and dedicated employees,’ she said.

‘In order to drive the economy forward, the country’s parents need to know they are supported by their childcare companies to return to work. It’s our experience that apprentices are more determined than anyone to play their part in getting through this crisis. I have watched many former apprentices progress through Busy Bees, including members of our senior management team.’

You can find out more about childcare apprenticeships here

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