Employers in Scotland have been urged to seize the opportunity of a £5000 government incentive to hire apprentices who have been made redundant.

The Adopt an Apprentice scheme has been extended to March 25 and offers a government incentive of £5,000 to employers who take on either a modern or graduate apprentice who has been made redundant. This scheme is aimed at supporting the redundant candidate by allowing the learner to continue their apprenticeship and work towards achieving their qualification.

The grant is set to cover an array of things including wage costs, skills and development and mentoring, giving the employer an opportunity to hire more help for a smaller cost.

One employer area in particular that is being urged to make the most of this £5k government incentive is plumbing, where the Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employer’ Federatin (SNIPEF) were made aware of 32 redundant apprentices since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, this financial incentive has meant that SNIPEF has been able to get 25 of these apprentices back into employment with new emplloyers.

Dale Thomson, training manager for SNIPEF, said: “Many apprentices work hard in their training, with enthusiasm, commitment and dedication, and it is very distressing to see their career potential cut off by circumstances out of their control.

“This financial incentive for employers, which will help many of these apprentices to fulfil their life’s ambition, is very opportune and very welcome, and we would urge all employers to look into it to see if they can help apprentices at the same time as adding valuable skills to their workforce.”

SNIPEF is also at the forefront of innovative training and skills, ensuring a vibrant, dynamic industry for apprentices. To do this, innovative technologies that help to contribute to Scotland’s zero emissions by 2030 campaign, are encouraged. If you are a training provider or college in Scotland, looking to make a difference to your delivery model through technology, get in touch with our team today.

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