Hiring an apprentice

Since April 2017, the government made changes around how apprenticeships are funded and delivered.

Apprenticeship frameworks

The various knowledge and skill based qualifications that make up an apprenticeship are referred to as a 'framework'.

Frameworks are slowly being replaced by new employer-led 'standards' by 2020. Search for frameworks, standards and training providers on the Find Apprenticeship Training website.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone

Anyone can do an apprenticeship (new or existing members of staff at any age).

Apprenticeships range 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 against an apprenticeship funding band; for example, an intermediate business admin qualification will cost a maximum of £2,000, and a degree-level school business manager qualification will cost a maximum of £27,000. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

How apprenticeship training is paid for

Who pays for apprenticeship training is also changing.

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 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 you then access 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 learners with learning difficulties/disabilities or 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 case studies which give an employer's perspective on employing an apprentice.

Our York 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. If you are considering hiring an apprentice, or would like more information, contact the Apprenticeship Hub.

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