Financial incentives for
The Government has announced some good news for any companies that need to hire staff, writes Kevin Birch,
Managing Director of BAR Affiliate TRS Training. Until the end of January next year, employers are able to claim
a financial bonus for taking on new apprentices.
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To boost employment levels, the Government has
pledged payments to employers of £2,000 for every
apprentice recruited who is under the age of 25.
Employers can also claim £1,500 for apprentices older
than 25. These incentives are time limited though,
so BAR Members who are interested in recruiting
apprentices should do so sooner rather than later.
The perfect time to recruit new
The Government’s new financial incentives for
apprenticeships are available until 31 January 2021.
TRS Training, in association with the BAR, offers
a bespoke Porter Apprenticeship programme. The
carefully devised scheme appeals to aspiring and
motivated school leavers and other recruits, thanks to
the inclusion of free driving lessons and driving tests
for 16- to 18-year-olds. Not only that: these apprentices
will also undertake a choice of BAR-approved industry
courses, such as specialist packing, transporting pianos
or fragile and non-fragile packing, as part of their
apprenticeship. These courses give them professional
skills for the industry and enable their employers to
offer clients a more extensive range of specialist services.
By getting involved, BAR Members can save significantly
on recruitment and training costs while making the
most of the new financial incentives available.
Free recruitment service
BAR Members can opt to put existing staff of any age
onto TRS Training’s Porter Apprenticeship programme.
However, to claim the Government’s current financial
incentives employers will need to create new
apprenticeship vacancies within their firms. And if they
recruit 16- to 18-year-olds into these positions, Members
can claim the full incentive of £2,000, as well as benefit
from having an injection of motivated young talent into
their businesses. They don’t even need to worry about the
cost and effort of recruitment, since TRS Training provides
a highly effective recruitment service free of charge.
Funding for training
There are not only one-off financial incentives for
firms to employ apprentices: between 95% and 100% of
training costs are covered too. BAR Members who have
an annual wage bill of less than £3m will be entitled to
funding that covers 95% of training costs. This goes up
to 100% if you have fewer than 50 employees.
BAR Members who have a wage bill of £3m or
more a year will already be paying the Apprenticeship
Levy to the Government. This money is set aside in a
unique online account and is used to pay for 100% of
apprenticeship training costs. It’s important to note
that any funds accumulated in an Apprenticeship Levy
account are only accessible to use for 24 months. So it
makes sense to spend them rather than lose them.
Recruits onto TRS Training’s Porter Apprenticeship
complete their skills programme within approximately
one year. After that, there’s the option for them to
progress onto an LGV Apprenticeship and obtain their
Cat C driving licence, Cat C+E if required, and the Driver
Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). Beyond
that, they could advance to the Transport Manager
Apprenticeship if this is of benefit to their employer.
TRS Training has developed an employer- and
apprentice-friendly training model for their
apprenticeship programmes. Much of the training
happens in the workplace, including virtually.
Training schedules are planned to avoid disruption
to working routines.
While funding for apprenticeship training will
continue indefinitely, remember the Government’s new
bonus payments can only be claimed for those recruited
into new apprenticeship positions before the end of
TRS Training has extensive experience and success
in delivering apprenticeship programmes for many
small and large businesses across the country, including
London-based BAR Member Universal Commercial
Relocation, which has recently signed up to recruit
apprentice porters through TRS Training.
TRS Training is the BAR’s
provider. For more information,
email Kevin Birch at
or call 01744 809010.