The scheme launched on 9 September 2013 is targeted at new apprentices entering the early education and child care sector.
Viewed as a transitional measure, before the introduction of Early Years Educator qualification in 2014, the scheme seeks to support the delivery of the new early learning places for 2-year-olds.
Further information can be found on the department’s website.
Who can apply?
The application process for the bursary scheme is open to apprentices who:
- commenced employment after 1 June 2013 and are in training on the level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship for Children and Young People’s Workforce
- hold a GCSE grade C or above in English and maths in advance of commencing employment
- working in a setting delivering early learning places for 2-year-olds
- have three months experience in employment and training
Applicants need to submit an application form via the website. For a candidate to be successful, they need to provide evidence they meet the criteria identified above.
The first 200 successful applications will each receive a £3,000 bursary payment. The remaining successful applicants will each receive £1,500. All payments are subject to tax and national insurance. The payment is administered through their employer who will receive an additional payment to cover employers NI contributions.
A training allowance of £300 (including VAT) is also available. To secure the additional allowance, the apprentice and employer must identify suitable training and submit a business case to the NCTL. Though the NCTL believe an apprentice and employer are best placed to identify any additional training requirement, it is expected the training will enhance an apprentice’s ability to work and interact with 2-year-olds in a setting.
Once a business case has been agreed by the NCTL, the employer will be required to procure training and provide the NCTL with a receipt before payment is released.
Due to the limited number of bursaries available the NCTL will be administering applications on a first come first served basis. Successful applicants are expected to identify additional training within three months of receiving the bursary award.
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