Whether you’re looking to refocus and adapt your business strategy, upskill team members or simply learn something new, now may be the ideal time to explore the training and skills development opportunities available for your business.

There are a wide range of topics to explore – everything from resilience and recovery, to developing a digital marketing strategy and looking after the mental wellbeing of your team. Support is available on a local, regional and national level with many opportunities for free training and partly or fully funded courses.

Here you will find an overview of the range of opportunities available for you and your team to learn new skills and develop your business.

If you would like to discuss with us any other training or skills development requirements your business has please contact us.

Growing Your Business

There are a number of ways you can get support to grow your business.


You can develop your workforce by taking on apprentices (of any age).

Depending on the size of your business and the age of the apprentices you hire, 95% to 100% of the cost of apprenticeship training will be covered:

  • if you have fewer than 50 employees, the cost of apprenticeship training for 16 to 18 year olds you is fully funded
  • if you are a levy paying organisation, you will fund the full training costs for apprentices of all ages, through the levy

As a levy paying employer, City of York Council is able to support local businesses to hire new apprentices by transferring unallocated funds to Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), public sector and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE).

If you hire a new apprentice before 30 September 2021, you will also receive the following financial incentives:

  • employer incentive of £3,000 for hiring a new apprentice
  • an additional £1,000 if that apprentice is aged 16 to 18
  • you and you apprentices will also be supported by an approved training provider

York Apprenticeship Hub or your chosen training provider can support you to attract and recruit the right candidates.

Next Steps

To find out how an apprentice could benefit your business and the support available visit the York Apprenticeship Hub for impartial advice and guidance.

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Kickstart Scheme

Develop a future workforce though the Kickstart Scheme and create new roles for jobseekers aged 16 to 24 through high quality, 6 month work placements.


You will receive funding for each eligible job, to cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

On top of the wage subsidy, £1,500 per job placement is also available for setup costs, support and training, which includes helping participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme.


You will interview around 6 applicants matched by the DWP Work Coach, and select the best candidate for the role.

This scheme is designed to support young people who are currently on Universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The job placements should support the participants to develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme, which will not necessarily be within your organisation.

Next steps

Whether you can offer 1 job or 100, your participation in the Kickstart scheme is invaluable to young people in York. However, the way in which you proceed does depend on the number of opportunities you will have available:

30 jobs or more

You can apply directly here or if you need any help, contact the York Apprenticeship Hub.

1 to 29 jobs

If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 Kickstart job placements, you can now choose to apply direct or partner with others through an approved Gateway organisation, which could include:

  • similar employers
  • local authorities
  • trade bodies
  • registered charities

Find a Kickstart gateway organisation.

Through either route, you will be expected to provide participants with agreed employability and skills training.

To register your interest in offering placements email: northeast.kickstart@dwp.gov.uk.

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You can develop a future workforce and give your current employees experience in mentoring through a flexible, business-focussed development programme.


Traineeships are funded by Government and trainees do not receive salary.

If you make new work placements available you may also receive an incentive payment of £1,000.

You and your trainees will be supported by an approved training provider throughout the programme, which can last from 6 weeks to 1 year, although most will last for less than 6 months.


Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHC) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

Next steps

To find out how a trainee could benefit your business or to explore other ways to offer work experience, contact the York Apprenticeship Hub.

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York St John University offers a Summer Internship Programme.

Internship are delivered mainly part-time but could be full-time, and the programme offers:

  • project based internships 4 to 12 weeks in length, minimum 120 hours (usually from June to September)
  • full recruitment management, from advertising to contracting
  • shortlisting by the YSJ Internship Team to an agreed number
  • students wages paid via the university payroll
  • access to funding to support your internship costs

To express an interest in accessing York St John's Summer Internship Programme email: internships@yorksj.ac.uk to arrange an initial meeting.

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Also see

Economic Growth Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA