Farmers and Crofters Looking to Create Employment Opportunities Urged to Look at Apprenticeship Fund

NFU Scotland is urging all farmers and crofters looking at creating an employment opportunity to consider applying to the Apprenticeship Employer Grant (AEG) for support.

Recognising the severe impact of Covid-19 on the economy and the consequences this has had on unemployment and employment opportunities, the Scottish Government has increased support for apprenticeships through the AEG.  

The fund remains open until 25 March and is worth up to £5000 to an employer.  More information is at:

NFU Scotland’s Vice President Charlie Adam said: “Taking on an apprentice is a sound investment in the future.  If you are considering creating an employment opportunity, this grant could be the stimulus you need to go down that route.

“The funding covers all sectors in Scotland, is time limited (25 March deadline). To be clear, this offer is open to all and we urge those in the agricultural sector who are interested to act quickly as other industries with bigger employers and HR departments will make use of it.

“For those who have swithered about taking on an apprentice, or indeed upskilling an existing member of staff, please consider this attractive incentive.

“More information on apprenticeships is available from NFUS, Lantra, local College or training providers or any farmer who has previously supported a Modern Apprentice.”  

Notes for Editors

  • The Apprenticeship Employer Grant (AEG) will support recruitment of new Apprentices in the following circumstances:
    • new recruits within 4 months of the start date with the Employer; and
    • existing employees already in the workplace who have moved into a new role within 4 months from the date of registration of the apprenticeship and where the apprenticeship provides the means of upskilling for this new job
  • The AEG offers a contribution of: 
    • £5000 for each eligible Apprentice who is in the 16-24 age group. 
    • £5000 for each eligible Apprentice who is aged 25-29 and are disabled, care experienced or Black Minority Ethnic (BME); or 
    • £3,500 per each eligible Apprentice who is aged 25 plus. 
  • More info available at:
  • A recording of a webinar from Lantra and the Skills for Farming Group featuring farmers and Modern Apprentices talking about the benefits that they’ve found is available to view at: 
  • For more information about the Grant, Modern Apprenticeship details, and alternative funded and voluntary initiatives please refer to the links above and or contact


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 11/21

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