The National Apprenticeship Service have received confirmation that Ministers and HM Treasury have formally agreed the following package of reforms for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers:
The Treasury have agreed that to revisit the 3 year rule in the autumn, when NAS review the whole scheme with them.
Most commentators think these announcements represent a positive change for the apprenticeship incentive which was running into a few blockages over conditions, so the relaxation of the rules could be a help for getting schemes up and running. In particular, the changes will open up the opportunity to medium size employers where there is existing demand for apprenticeships schemes.
There are three groups of employers that need to be considered and NAS will be moving on getting the message out to them but equally providers may want to take the opportunity to return to employers who have been previously rejected for the grant who now fit the criteria: