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Employer Incentive Payment for hiring a new apprentice

ESFA; We’re introducing payments to support organisations that take on new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

You can apply for the payment from 1 September 2020, after you add new apprentices to your apprenticeship service account.

The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is:

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

What you’ll get

Employers will receive:

  • £2,000 for apprentices aged 16 to 24
  • £1,500 for apprentices aged 25 and over

You’ll get the payment in 2 equal instalments: 50% after the apprentice completes 90 days of their apprenticeship and the remaining 50% after 365 days. To get the full payment, the apprenticeship must last for at least one year.

We make payments on the 10th working day of each month. We’ll ask for your organisation’s bank details when you apply, so that we can pay you directly.

What you can use the payment for

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


You can only apply for this payment for new apprentices who started their contract of employment between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Support apprentices who have been made redundant

You can apply for the payment if you recruit apprentices who have been made redundant, as long as they’re new to your organisation.

Cepac Ltd


We are currently working with Cepac Ltd in recruiting a Packaging Development Apprentice.  They have recently had an apprentice who has completed their apprenticeship and has continued with his career within their Design team.  Read the case study below to find out more.

If you would like any information or to apply for the vacancy please email us at [email protected]


Kaylan Goodwin

Packaging Development Designer – Cepac Rotherham

Kaylan joined the Design team at Cepac Rotherham in September 2014 as Structural Design Apprentice. The apprenticeship focused on the learning of general design principles and developing skills within structural packaging design.

Through the completion of the apprenticeship with Cepac, Kaylan has achieved a level 3 Design qualification and has developed a broad range of professional business skills. Kaylan has been able to develop his presentation, listening, negotiating, customer service and problem-solving skills. He has developed a proactive approach for working with Cepac customers and providing innovation.

Cepac work with big-name customers and Kaylan has been given exposure to these customers. He has been able to develop a strong understanding of their individual packaging needs, packaging design and the packaging industry itself.

Kaylan completed his apprenticeship in 2017 and has continued to progress his career within the Design team at Cepac Rotherham.

He is currently undertaking the role of Packaging Development Designer and the Company is fully supporting his development with an individual training and develop plan. Kaylan’s role is a key role for the Rotherham team and he works closely with our customers, developing innovation solutions for their packaging needs.

Employer Feedback

Wow, what amazing feedback to receive!  Pasquill have recently recruited 4 apprentices with T3 Training who are all completing a Level 3 Design & Draughting Apprenticeship.  T3 Training advertised, pre-interviewed and provided suitable candidates for Pasquill to interview.  T3 also assisted in booking interviews in, corresponding between candidates and Pasquill and then completed all paperwork once the apprentice had been selected.  We have been dealing with Jannette Walker through the whole process and she had the following to say….

It’s been a few months since we started working with yourselves on the Apprenticeship programme and I wanted to drop you a line to say that the support we’ve had from T3 and Barnsley College has been excellent. 

Leanne especially has been an absolute star, she’s taken all of the hard work out of the recruitment process for us and has found us some really credible candidates for each of the four roles.  The candidates for Bury St Edmunds in particular were excellent, I could have offered them all a job!  She has made the whole process very easy for us and anything I’ve asked for, such as feedback from candidates after interviews, she has done and got back to me straightaway.

I’ve spoken to Marcelle and Megan and had some great feedback on the training and in particular Tony, who they both agree is an excellent trainer.

As you know we’ve now recruited two additional Apprentices and I look forward to them both starting at Barnsley in September.”


Apprentice Site Visit to Charcon


Our apprentices are currently attending our training facility in Barnsley where they are receiving specialist training in various sectors. One of the training blocks is relating to RC Detailing.

Our tutor covered the following points within the week’s training:

• Introduction to RC Detailing

• Basic Design Principles

• Documentation (BS8666, EC2, Standard Method of Detailing)

• Detailing Principles – construction sequence, buildability, laps, anchorage, cover

• Drawing & Schedule Production

Once they had completed this it was arranged that they would visit Charcon Construction Solutions in Lound who design, manufacture and deal with the installation of integrated offsite solutions for the Construction industry. The apprentices got to see first-hand what they were being taught in the classroom. Once they had all their PPE on, they had a walk around the factory.


They were able to see:

Steel rebar being cut and bent automatically by a machine.

Steel fixers assembling the rebar.

The rebar in a mould and filled with concrete.

The final cast product which also gave them an understanding on what is involved in quality control.

They were able to look at a design for a set of concrete stairs and compare this to what had been manufactured.

They also watched other products being produced these included, landings, holo-core flooring and delta blocks.


The learners found the training beneficial and had the following to say:

“We had the great opportunity to go to a concrete site where they created stairs. This was really interesting as we had created our own stairs on CAD and then got to see the real thing being manufactured”

“We had an amazing site visit where you can see what we had drawn”

“After a visit to Charcon, a concrete casting site, I now understand these drawings better and am aware of the importance of reinforced concrete in construction”

CV Writing Tips

A CV doesn’t have to be very long, but it is important to ensure it gives enough information for them to want to meet you

Contact Details – Make sure your CV has your full name, address, current mobile phone number and an email address

Personal Profile –Write a few lines about what you are currently doing, what role and sector you are interested in for your future career and any interests or experiences you have had that might help your application

Education – You must list all your GCSEs and actual/predicted grades. Also include any other qualifications or training you may have completed

Work Experience –Include any jobs or experience you have had so far and what duties you did or learned more about during the experience

Interests – If you have any hobbies or are involved in any sports teams or groups then add this to show good commitment and dedication

References – Include a reference such as a teacher or work experience or employer details. Always ask them before you include their details. 

Always ensure your CV reads clearly and is free from any spelling or grammar errors. A covering letter is also a good way to introduce yourself, tell the employer about the role you are applying for and why you think you would be a suitable candidate.  

BOOK NOW on T3’s Specialist Training Programme


Our unique Specialist Training programme has commenced delivery at our training centre in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.  Our Programme has been designed so employers can select the blocks that they wish their apprentices to attend and learn the skills relevant to their business.

To view the Specialist Training Programme, course dates and learning outcomes click here.

If you have any existing employees you would like to attend any of these blocks they run Monday to Wednesday 9.00am – 4.30pm.

You can also recruit a new apprentice from our bank of pre-approved candidates that we can match up to meet your requirements.

If you would like to book a place or recruit an apprentice contact us for further information on 01226 610201 or email [email protected]

Click Here for our training brochure and more information

NEW Project Control Apprenticeship Programme


T3 Training & Development are now delivering Project Control Training to employers in England to new or existing employees through the Apprenticeship Standard over 30 months.

This training programme is suitable for:  Project Controllers, Construction Site Management, Project Engineers, Planners, Logistics Control, QS, Post Graduates, Junior Management, Maintenance Management, Clerk of Works, Highway Engineers, Civil Engineers, Planning Engineer, Onsite Managers, Commercial Engineers, Commissioning Engineers, Operations Managers and Improvement Engineers.

Project Control is known throughout the Engineering and Construction Sector and can also include roles from the Utilities, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Transport Sectors.

Our course is designed to train employees in all the fundamental aspects of project control, such as the project processes, document controls, procurement process, estimating planning and scheduling, cost control and monitoring, project optimisation and risk analysis.

Our training can help employees improve build performance; quality, cost and delivery which can lead to a direct impact on your companies defined project outcomes whilst working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Project Control Practices and Techniques which is all delivered in the workplace.

Benefits of using T3 Training & Development:

Free assistance in finding and recruiting an apprentice
National Apprenticeship Training Provider
Specialist Training delivered by industry experts
Continued support and assessment throughout
Progression options to HNC and degree qualifications if desired
Apprentices can start anytime
Project Control Apprenticeship Delivered on site

All apprentices are contracted to complete 20% Off the Job Training, which is achieved through facilitated training delivered on or off site, assignment writing and blended learning.

On completion the apprentice will go through a Gateway to complete an End Point Assessment in order to complete the Apprenticeship Standard.

If you require further information on this programme, would like to recruit an apprentice or apply for an apprenticeship please contact [email protected] or 01226 610201.

T3 Apprentice Celebrates Success

One of our apprentices, Joe Maggs, who is currentlycompleting a Level 3 Digital Engineering apprenticeship has recently been recognised by his College Tutor for outstanding work.  He has submitted an assignment for the BTEC ConstructionTechnology and Design Unit which has been marked, internally verified and graded as a Distinction.  His tutor, Micah West of Barnsley College, had the following to say about it:

‘… It is an outstanding piece of work.  Joe should be very proud of his hard work. It is a good example of both Joe’s academic skills as well as his professional report-writing skills.  Joe is a fantastic student, and I am grateful that he is on my course… ‘

His T3 Assessor Anthony Ward also had the following to say about Joe:

‘… from day one, it was clear to me that Joe had commenced his apprenticeship with a mature ethos and a determination to succeed. The CAD and BIM work he undertook whilst under my guidance was exemplary and I’m sure this excellence will continue.  His employer is very supportive as evidenced by the quality of his apprentice assessment evidence.  I wish him every success for the future …’

We asked Joe for his opinion on his progress as an apprentice with T3 Training & Development:

‘…When I first started with T3 I was a little worried, being a ‘mature’ student, a few years older than anyone else in the class.  From day one I have enjoyed the process and have really started to find the college coursework interesting and a welcome break from my usual working week.

I like my tutors, and feel the course is run well, allowing me time to work and study without feeling too under pressure, and I also feel I am learning at a steady pace in college, and with my employer too.

It was really nice to see that I had achieved a good grade in one of my assignments and the praise from Micah meant a lot, as I was unsure if my writing ability was a touch prehistoric compared to the younger members of my class, not writing anything of importance for well over 10 years. It has allowed me to continue on with my current assignments in the same way, and hopefully I will achieve similar grades going forward….’

Well done Joe. 


We’re pleased to announce that our new website has launched. This is only the start: we’ll be updating our new website regularly with new projects and information over the coming weeks and months.


STRUCTURAL Detailing and Precast Design Consultancy T3UK is celebrating a successful first full year of trading by opening an office in Bristol.

The company, which is currently based in Barnsley and Retford, was launched by Andy Adams and Nathan Bradford, business partners with more than 20 years combined in the construction industry.

Their aim was to provide a specialist structural detailing and BIM consultancy that was independent of design or construction teams, providing integrated design, detailing and building information modelling to a wide variety of clients across the industry.

By focusing on clients goals and using the latest technology T3UK are able to significantly speed up the project lifecycle, reducing cost and improving the efficiency of the design and build process minimising risk and waste.

In just over 12 months the team has grown from three people to 13 and now T3UK is expanding with the launch of a Bristol office that will specifically meet growing demand for its services in the south west.

“T3UK utilises the latest software to deliver all our projects including Revit, Tekla Structures & CADS RC,” director Andy Adams explained.

“We work with a variety of clients nationally across all sectors including architects, consulting engineers, main contractors and specialist sub-contractors.

“But as our workload has increased we have identified a need to expand into new areas, hence our decision to open a new base in Bristol.”

At the same time, the company has also been developing T3 Training and Development, its hugely successful Barnsley based operation.

“We are heavily invested in developing young talent and 25 per cent of our work force are apprentices,” said Andy.

“It is because of this commitment to encouraging new talent that we identified a significant lack of formal training and emerging talent in the industry and established T3 Training & Development with the vision of creating a centre of excellence for the Architect, Engineering and Construction sectors.

“Our portfolio of apprenticeship training includes design and draughting, digital engineering and project controls and we also offer short training courses in revit, rc detailing, structural detailing and autocad.”

T3 Training and Development is currently delivering to 30 apprentices in its first full year and has achieved ROATP status.

Companies who have taken apprentices on through T3 Training & Development include Laing O’Rourke, Kier and FP McCann.

If you would like further information, please contact 01226 610201 or email [email protected]