Youth Employability Schemes

Understanding government funding

Sometimes starting out in the youth employability space and accessing the right government schemes can be daunting. That’s why Movement to Work (MtW), in collaboration with Accenture, has created a toolkit to help employers understand government-funded youth employability schemes. Simply get in touch with a member of the MtW team to receive the full toolkit, start unlocking government-funded schemes and boost your young diverse talent pool.




The toolkit provides an employer lens on:

  • What schemes are available
  • What scheme might be most appropriate for their business
  • How to engage and enroll onto the right scheme for their business
  • Outlines processes to follow for each scheme
  • Shares key considerations and learnings from across our employer network around how to deliver government-funded youth employability programmes


What are some of the schemes my business could access?


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year (although most will last for less than 6 months).

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds – or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan – get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Employer benefits: a traineeship:

  • is flexible, can be sector focused and is funded by the government
  • gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring
  • allows you to design a programme that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee
  • can help you increase capacity and productivity
  • can help you develop a loyal and talented workforce
  • allows you to help tackle youth unemployment
  • is a route into an apprenticeship
  • allows you to get to know and work with young people prior to recruiting apprentices

Employers who make new work placement opportunities available may also receive an incentive payment of £1000 per learner, for up to 10 learners. More guidance will follow on this new incentive.

Want some free guidance and support with Traineeships? Get in touch.

Sector Based Work Academies

The sector-based work academy programme is designed to help meet employers’ immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow their business.

  • A sector-based work academy can last up to 6 weeks and has 3 main components:
  • pre-employment training – relevant to the needs of the business and sector
  • a work experience placement – of great benefit to both the individual and a business
  • a guaranteed job interview

Sector-based work academies are available in Scotland funded through the Scottish government or other partner organisations. Similar support is available through the Welsh government’s ‘Employability Skills Programme’ for claimants in Wales.

Want some free guidance and support with Sector Based Work Academies? Let’s chat!


Incentive payments have recently increased for employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 30 September 2021. Employers will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who join their organisation from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

The payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.

Want some free guidance and support on Apprenticeships? Get in touch.


Get in touch

with a member of the MtW team to receive the full toolkit, start unlocking government-funded schemes and boost your young diverse talent pool.