The next York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event will be held on Wednesday 6 March during National Apprenticeship Week at West Offices, from 4.30pm to 7.00pm.

It attracts approximately 400 young people and parents who are usually looking for an apprenticeship to start this year after school, college or sixth form.

To book a free stand and exhibit your apprenticeship vacancy or vacancies, complete and return our Apprenticeship Recruitment Event booking form by Friday 22 February.

Apprenticeship frameworks

The various knowledge and skills-based qualifications that make up an apprenticeship are referred to as a 'framework'. Frameworks are being replaced by new employer-led 'standards' which will be fully in place by 2020.

See further details about finding apprenticeship training (GOV.UK).

Apprenticeships are open to everyone

Anyone can do an apprenticeship, whether they are new or existing members of staff, and at any age.

Apprenticeships are available across hundreds of job roles, from 'entry level' business admin or digital marketing to high level finance or degree level management.

Apprenticeship funding bands

Each framework and standard is placed in an apprenticeship funding band; for example:

  • an intermediate business admin apprenticeship costs £2,000
  • a degree-level chartered management apprenticeship costs £27,000

How apprenticeship training is paid for

Who pays for apprenticeship training has also changed.

If you have an annual pay-bill of:

  • less than £3m, the government covers 90% of training costs; you cover 10%
  • less than £3m and have less than 50 members of staff, the government covers all apprenticeship training costs if the apprentice is aged between 16 and 18 on the first day of their apprenticeship (or up to 24 for learners with learning difficulties/disabilities or is a care leaver)
  • over £3m, you will be a levy payer, where 0.5% of your annual pay bill is automatically placed into your online Apprenticeship Levy pot on a monthly basis by HMRC, which is topped up by 10% from the government; you then access it using the digital Apprenticeship Service to pay for your apprenticeship training

Any business which hires an apprentice between the ages of 16 and 18 (or up to 24 for those with learning difficulties/disabilities or those in care/a care leaver) will receive a £1,000 grant from the government.

The benefits of hiring an apprentice

Watch our video of York employers talking about the benefits of hiring an apprentice:

You can also read through our apprenticeship case studies which give an employer's perspective on employing an apprentice.

York Apprenticeship Hub

Our Apprenticeship Hub offers a free service designed to support local businesses with the apprenticeship reforms; we can also put you in touch with other support services, depending on your needs. Contact the Apprenticeship Hub if you are considering hiring an apprentice, or would like more information.

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