We’re working in collaboration with our partners and in line with government initiatives to build a diverse, inclusive pipeline of digital talent that accelerates our recovery, strengthens the economy and supports UK tech innovation for the years ahead.

Government calls for employers to back skills reforms

BCS recently hosted a panel discussion featuring Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills and Dr Neil Bentley-Gockman OBE, CEO WorldSkills UK to discuss bridging the skills gap in the wake of government announcements aimed at revolutionising the provision of technical education and training for those aged 16 plus.

Read the article and watch the recording here

What is the Government's Plan for Jobs?

The Plan for Jobs announced in 2020 was the first set of initiatives covering a wide range of financial incentives offered by the government to help get people into work and businesses back on their feet post-pandemic. Further initiatives have been announced since then and they all play a critical part in our economic recovery and securing the UK’s long-term prosperity.

Businesses without a digital model have particularly suffered during the pandemic. As we enter a transition period for employment and enterprise, it’s vital every business develops a digital strategy and everyone in society becomes equipped with digital skills for work and life.

Through their ongoing investments the government is funding programmes to help people gain experience and qualifications for finding work and progression - as well as initiatives and incentives for organisations to help them build the digital talent they need to grow and thrive into the future.

What government incentives are available to me?

Whether you’re an employer, employee, training provider or student, there’s funding for skills development and support available to access, enabling us all to contribute to a swift and strong recovery as the UK emerges from the global crisis.

Government incentives at a glance

We’ve created this handy guide giving you easy access to the key information concerning the investments and incentives available.

Check your eligibility, the programme duration and employer costs, then follow the useful links to get started.

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Click below for a summary of the initiative and the funding available:


If you are an employer in England, you’ll receive a payment of £3,000 for every new apprentice you take on, regardless of their age - up until 31 January 2022.

There is an existing payment of £1,000 provided to new 16 to 18-year-old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, where that applies.

Explore the free resources available on the Amazing Apprenticeships website


Traineeships are courses for 16 to 24-year-olds designed to develop their workplace skills and vocational learning in preparation for employment or an apprenticeship.

Employers who provide work placements and training receive £1,000 per trainee from the government. The government is also improving provision and expanding eligibility for traineeships to young people with Level 3 qualifications and below.

Useful links:

Traineeship information for employers and education providers

Guidance for trainees, employers and training providers

Kickstart scheme

This is a new scheme supporting 16 to 24-year-olds who are on Universal Credit and deemed at risk of long-term unemployment.

Employers receive funding for creating six-month, quality work placements. Funding covers 100% of the appropriate National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

How to apply for a Kickstart scheme grant

T Levels

T Levels are designed for 16 to 19-year-olds and offer an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other courses. Equivalent to three A levels, they combine 80% off-the-job learning and 20% work placement (the opposite to an apprenticeship) to develop broad vocational skills.

This route is ideal for young people who know the area they want to work in, but are unsure of the exact role and don’t yet feel ready to go into employment.

Higher level qualifications

The government has pledged £101 million to support the 700,000 young people leaving education this year.

All 18 to 19-year-old school and college-leavers in England will have the opportunity to study targeted, high value level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities available to them.

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How can BCS support me?

Our partnerships and networks bring employers, training providers and educators together to support the community and optimise the opportunities available through the government’s incentives.

If you’re a training provider and you want to get involved, get in touch with us to find out about the funded learning you can deliver with BCS.

If you’re an employer looking to stimulate your recovery with help from the government initiatives, your first step is to understand your existing skills landscape and where the gaps are. From there you can identify the appropriate blend of support needed to upskill and / or source new talent.

BCS provides you with practical team development tools that enable you to do just this. Built around the SFIAplus framework, our skills audit platform RoleModelplus gives you absolute clarity around your digital capability and the action needed to achieve your business objectives.

Continuing the journey with BCS membership

Underpin your people development programme with BCS membership, providing career-long access to professional development services, support and opportunities for you and your team.

By signing up to the BCS code of conduct, every member confirms their commitment to professionalism and to working in the best interest of society. Together BCS members are shifting the perception of IT in the workplace. Today our profession has a strong, ethical voice, and practitioners are going further in their careers.

From apprentice to CIO, there’s a membership level to suit everyone in the industry - learn more about BCS membership.

Career advice

Visit our Digital Skills for Careers page for information about digital careers, qualifications and to hear inspiring stories.

More resources

Video: Watch the apprenticeship panel event
Apprentices and industry experts joined the panel for this Plan for Jobs: Apprenticeships event, hosted by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and first streamed live in January 2021.

Spring Budget March 2021 - apprenticeships, skills and training support
We take a closer look at the incentives announced in the Spring 2021 budget and explore how employers can benefit from the government’s support for training.

Webinar: Making sense of the 2021 budget, incentives and funding
In our March webinar, Simon Ashworth from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, joined BCS’s Head of Apprenticeships, Annette Allmark, and Head of Education (Product), Zoe Spilberg, to discuss the government’s latest incentives and the aligned support from BCS.

Article: Diverse digital, the key to economic recovery!
BCS’s Director of Education, Julia Adamson highlights the importance of a diverse IT workforce and pipeline to help tackle a tough economic recovery and a shortage of digital skills post COVID-19.