Hiring an apprentice

As of April 2017, there will be changes around how apprenticeships are funded and how they are delivered:

  • All apprenticeship frameworks will be replaced by new standards by 2020
  • Anybody can do an apprenticeship (for example, existing or new members of staff at any age)
  • Each framework or standard is placed against a funding band, (for example, an intermediate business admin qualification won't cost more than £2,000, or a degree-level chartered legal executive qualification won't cost more than £12,000)
  • Who pays for the apprenticeship training is also changing:
    - If you have less than 50 members of staff, the government covers all costs of the apprenticeship training
    - If you have 50 or more members of staff, but a pay-bill of less than £3m per year, the government covers 90% of the cost of the training, you cover 10%
    - If you have a pay-bill of over £3m per year, you will be a levy payer, where 0.5% of your annual pay bill is automatically placed into your levy pot, which you can then access to pay for your apprenticeship training
  • Any business who hires an apprentice between the age of 16 and 18 (or up to age 24 for learners with learning difficulties or disabilities (LLDD) or a care leaver) will receive £1,000 from the government
  • If you already have a degree level qualification, you will have to prove that your apprenticeship qualification is completely different
The council-led York Apprenticeship Hub offers a free service designed to support local businesses with the apprenticeship reforms and can also put you in touch with other support services, dependant on your needs. If you are considering hiring an apprentice, or would like more information on the reforms, contact us on tel: 01904 553732 or email: york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk

Funding and incentives

If you are a small to medium sized business and have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months, or have employed an apprentice but has since offered them a permanent position, you may be eligible for an apprenticeship wage grant of up to £2,000 (supported by Leeds Enterprise Partnership). This wage grant is available until the end of July 2017 on a 'first come first served' basis.

The benefits of hiring an apprentice

Hear from York employers in this video about the benefits of hiring an apprentice. You can also see York Apprenticeships on Facebook and @yorkapprentices on Twitter.

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