Apprenticeships for your business

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are available to employers of all sizes and from all sectors and cover a wide range of occupations; they are a proven way to train your workforce and make your organisation more productive and competitive.

Have you ever thought of an apprenticeship? Either doing one, or offering one?

You can hear more information about apprenticeships with us and Radio York here:

Apply for an apprentice wage subsidy grant

We operate a Grant scheme that offers £2000 grant to small businesses if you employ a new or additional apprentice, find out more about the scheme here:

Apply for an apprentice wage subsidy grant here »

Benefits of apprenticeships

Research among business employing an apprentice shows that:

  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • They’re motivated to learn new skills
  • You can expand and upskill your workforce

Find out more about the benefits of recruiting an apprentice on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Apprenticeships - when should an employer advertise an apprenticeship vacancy?

Students normally start to apply for apprenticeship opportunities at Easter through the National Apprenticeship Service

As an employer, you can find helpful information on the website here.

Students leave school or college in July and have to be in employment or in education by September. 

Colleges and Universities encourage students to apply for places around Christmas to ensure the students can then focus on their studies. 

Ideally, to provide the apprentice with enough options to make a decision on their plans once they have left school or further education, employers should advertise roles at Christmas / early New Year with an expected start date from July onwards. 

On occasions, students go into Further Education and then make a decision to change onto an apprenticeship therefore there can be potential students looking for apprenticeships from September - December. Businesses struggle to recruit an apprentice from January - July as most leavers are at college or have secured employment. 

Finding an apprentice

The employer section of the National Apprenticeship Service website explains what support is available to help you recruit an apprentice:

You can also call 08000 150 600.

Government Financial assistance

You can find more information on central government's Apprenticeship funding and policy on their website:

Incentive payments for employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021

New National Insurance guide published

From April 2016 employers of apprentices under the age of 25 will no longer be required to pay secondary Class 1(employer) National Insurance contributions (NICs) on earnings up to the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL). This is provided that the apprentice is under 25 and is following an approved apprenticeship programme. In order to apply for the National Insurance relief employers need to provide evidence to HMRC, such as a written agreement between the employer, the apprentice and the training provider confirming the apprentice is on an approved scheme and the start and end date of the apprenticeship

For further information about the guidance, go to the HMRC website here:

If you have been made redundant from an apprenticeship

Government has announced a new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) aims to ensure apprentices can access local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support, and help them find a new job should they need it. Apprentices can also search and apply for other available apprenticeship opportunities across the country.

The service’s website can be viewed here:

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