Adopt an Apprentice (Scotland)

A financial incentive for employers in Scotland to take on a Modern Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.

A financial incentive of £5,000 is available to businesses in the oil and gas industry; an incentive of £2,000 is available to businesses in all other industries.

For oil and gas companies, the incentive will include discretionary support for MAs from the wider supply chain undertaking engineering and engineering construction MA frameworks, where there is evidence that the redundancy is a direct result of the downturn in the oil and gas industry.

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Before You Start

The Adopt an Apprentice (AAA) Programme was launched by the Scottish Government in response to the economic downturn, with the aim of supporting Modern Apprentices (MAs) who were made redundant as a result of this.

By offering a financial incentive, the Programme aims to support employers to cover the wage and recruitment costs of taking on an Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.

The Adopt an Apprentice Programme is managed by Skills Development Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Restrictions

Providers who wish to employ redundant apprentices are not eligible for support.

Employers will not normally be eligible for a grant for an apprentice in respect of whom an Adopt an Apprentice grant has been paid to a linked employer. ‘Linked employer’ means the applicant or a company, sole trader, partnership or other business entity substantially controlled by:

  • the same person(s) (including the applicant) who control the applicant; or
  • person(s) substantially connected (whether commercially or otherwise) with the person(s) who control the applicant.

What You Need To Know

Key Criteria

Any employer in the public or private sector in Scotland is eligible to adopt an Apprentice, as long as they have not received more than €200,000 in de minimis State Aid over any three year period.

All registered Modern Apprentices who have been made redundant as a result of the economic downturn will be eligible for support, ie registered in CTS or with the relevant Sector Skills Council. For those made redundant from the oil and gas sector, the special measures apply to those made redundant from 14 January 2015 onwards.

Apprentices must be able to prove that they have been made redundant, ie through a P45, notification of redundancy, or an official letter from the previous employer. All Apprentices who have been made redundant because the employer ceased to trade or was unable to continue employing the apprentice due to a lack of work will be eligible for support.

Match Funding

Employers will be required to contribute towards the wage and recruitment costs of adopting an Apprentice not covered by the incentive.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding must be used to contribute towards the recruitment and wage costs of an Apprentice who has been made redundant from another employer.

How To Apply

Deadline(s):

Applications are accepted at any time.

Frequency: Ongoing.

Link to guidelines:

https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/funding-for-skills/adopt-an-apprentice/

Useful information:

Applications must be made by a training provider on behalf of the employer who wishes to adopt an apprentice. Employers can search for a provider online or call the SDS Employer Helpline on 0800 783 6000.