In England Keibra are an approved apprenticeship training provider. This means that at least 95% of your costs are met by the UK government.

The government operates two schemes:

The Apprenticeship


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100% of the costs deducted from your apprenticeship service account 95% of the costs deducted from your apprenticeship service account
5% co-investment paid to Keibra monthly

Reasons to offer an
Apprenticeship Scheme

Tackle skills gaps

Apprenticeships can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to business needs. 

Reward current employees

Apprenticeships aren’t just for new employees – as we like to say, there’s power in upskilling. Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to increase current staff’s skills knowledge and confidence. 

Create a motivated workforce

By employing an apprentice, you’ll provide greater value to your business than if you employed a graduate, who will have a range of soft skills but may lack the job-specific skills needed. Offering an apprenticeship to staff will increase loyalty, enthusiasm, and motivation, helping you to bring ambition, a fresh perspective and entrepreneurial spirit to your workplace. 

Build a more diverse team

By using an apprentice matching service and finding an apprentice, you can bring fresh skills, experiences, and ideas to your workplace. Remember, there isn’t an upper age limit, so you may find a wealth of experience in your apprentice that could benefit your workplace infinitely. 

Build practical skills

Apprentices can study internationally recognised qualifications at each stage of their apprenticeship, gaining practical training, professional standards, and essential business skills. 

Save on training and recruitment costs

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to hire and train staff. Getting funding for training costs and apprenticeship recruiting is usually simpler than hiring a regular employee. 

Government incentives:

The UK government will offer employers £1000 incentive payments if they hire an apprentice who fits into the following categories:  

Any new start who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship.  

Anyone who is 19 to 25 years old with an education, health, and care plan (EHC). 

Care leavers aged 19 to 25 years old at the start of their apprenticeship.  

If your apprentice is eligible, Keibra will give you the payment in 2 instalments of £500. You will get the first payment after 90 days and the second one after a year. 

You might also be able to get a payment when you hire an apprentice who was made redundant. 

Apprentice contract of employment:

You must pay appropriate national rates of pay and offer a continuous contract or one that lasts the programme length and the length of the End point assessment. The apprenticeship contract must be for at least 30hrs per week and include at least 6hrs per week off the job training.   

See these useful sources of information: 

Employing an apprentice: Pay and conditions for apprentices – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)  

Apprenticeships: off-the-job training – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Different arrangements apply in the devolved nations – please contact us for more information if your apprentice will work 51% of the time in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.  

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