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Recruit, Retain and Reward (RRR)

The RRR Incentive from Norfolk County Council is there to support non-levy businesses in recruiting and retaining apprentices aged 16-24. To find out if you are eligible please download the RRR Eligibility Check leaflet (which contains Terms and Conditions), then complete and submit an application. Employers need to make this application directly to Norfolk County Council.

FAQs

Q: What are the administration boundaries in which employers need to trade for eligibility?

A: In Norfolk, Breckland, Broadland, Gt. Yarmouth, South Norfolk, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Norwich. In Suffolk, West Suffolk, Ipswich, Babergh & Mid Suffolk and East Suffolk. 

Q: Are there any restrictions on what the employer can spend the grants on?

A: There are no restrictions, however, we make recommendations that the funds could be used to purchase equipment required by the apprentice, travel expenses for the apprentice or onboarding, recruitment and operational costs.

Q: Does the retain grant also apply to employers who haven't had an apprentice in the last 12 months, or any employer?

A: If the apprentice was made redundant by their previous employer due to COVID-19, there is no requirement for the employer to have not taken on an apprentice in the last 12 months.

Q: Will you be providing the forms that both employers and providers will have to complete as part of the application process?

A: Yes

Q: Once created, how will the support resources be accessed?

A: They will be freely accessible on the Apprenticeships Norfolk & Apprenticeships Suffolk website and social media pages

Q: What is the size of the pot? How many businesses do you think this can support?

A: We will be able to support around 200 businesses across Norfolk & Suffolk

Q: How far will £1000 go when setting up an apprentice?

A: It depends on the type of apprenticeship. For example, it could kit out a construction apprentice out with a good selection of hand tools. For an office based apprentice, again, it could easily help purchase a laptop and contribute towards other necessary office equipment.

Q: If I apply for this incentive am I still able to apply for other government incentives?

A: Yes, the governments incentive of £2000 for a 16-24 year old apprentice (or £1500 for 25+), plus a £1000 Age Incentive Grant (16-18) are still available. Meaning total incentives of between £2500 and £4000 are available.

Q: Do you have an example of how much this could cost the employer in wages with the help of the incentives available?

Apprentice - Aged 16-18 - On NMW (1st Year) 

NMW

 £4.15

Weekly cost (based on 30 hours)

 £124.50

1st Year overall cost

 £6,474.00

Age Incentive Grant (Existing)

 £1,000.00

New Government Incentive (1st August - 31st Jan 2021)

 £2,000.00

RRR (Subject to availability from 1st August 2020)

 £1,000.00

Total Grants Available

 £4,000.00

Cost to employer (Wages only)

 £2,474.00 (£47.58 a week)

Apprentice - Aged 19-24 - On NMW (1st Year) 

NMW

 £4.15

Weekly cost (based on 30 hours)

 £124.50

1st Year overall cost

 £6,474.00

Age Incentive Grant (Existing)

 N/A

New Government Incentive (1st August - 31st Jan 2021)

 £2,000.00

RRR (Subject to availability from 1st August 2020)

 £1,000.00

Total Grants Available

 £4,000.00

Cost to employer (Wages only)

 £3,474.00 (£66.81 a week)

Q: How is this being funded?

A: It is a use of repurposed funds from both Norfolk County Council & Suffolk County Council that were unspent in a previous similar project. We have also been sponsored by The East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador Network to help with marketing costs and video resources.

Q: Is there a marketing campaign planned to inform wider business communities?

A: Marketing is planned via press release, social media and our respective websites. Depending on uptake we will look to other sources.

Q: Does the timeline and process fit in with the government funding?

A: Yes, it starts on 1st August in line with the government incentive. There is not an unlimited pot of funds so the incentive will end when all available funds have been exhausted.

Q: Does the recruit grant only apply to new employees and what counts as a "new employee" if so?

A: Yes, this must be a brand new employee to the business and cannot be used for upskilling the existing workforce. The employer must not have employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.

Q: We have some learners in the pipeline with new employers. I assume that these could be changed over? 

A: RRR is intended to stimulate new interest and activity from 1st Aug onwards