Hiring an apprentice

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

Apprenticeship frameworks

All apprenticeship frameworks will be replaced by new employer-led standards by 2020. Search for frameworks, standards and training providers via Find Apprenticeship Training.

Apprenticeships are open to everyone

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

Apprenticeship funding bands

Each framework 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.

How apprenticeship training is paid for

Who pays for apprenticeship training is also changing.

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 an Apprenticeship Levy on a monthly basis by HMRC, which you then access using the Digital Apprenticeship Service to pay for your apprenticeship training
  • less than £3m per year and 50 or more members of staff, the government covers 90% of training costs; you cover 10%
  • less than £3m per year and 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
  • less than £3m per year and less than 50 members of staff, the government covers 90% of training costs, you cover 10% if the apprentice is aged 19+ on their first day of their apprenticeship

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, please contact us.

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