Oxford-based Ignite Sport UK has hailed the government’s extension of its cash bonus scheme that helps businesses recruit apprentices as ‘vital for the economy.’

The extension means employers are entitled to receive up to £4,000 of government money for each apprentice hired between now and January 31, 2022. The scheme was due to expire at the end of last month.

There are no fixed rules concerning how funds are spent, but they can be used to cover apprentice costs such as travel expenses, equipment and uniform. The incentive was confirmed in the Budget in March to help businesses invest in developing a skilled workforce for the future. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said he will do ‘whatever it takes’ to help the UK bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that apprenticeships will play an important role in the recovery.

“The job is not done yet, and I want to make sure our economy is fit for the future and that means providing the support and skills people need to get into work,” said Mr Sunak.

Oxford-based Ignite Sport UK welcomed the Government’s extension to its incentive payments scheme. CEO Justin Merritt said: “Apprenticeships provide people of all ages with a platform to develop their job specific skillsets,

Based at Oxford City FC Ignite Sport UK is a registered training provider specialising in the provision of sports-based apprenticeships across the UK.