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Taking on an Apprentice is both rewarding and good for business. You will be giving an individual a great start in their working life, ensuring they have the skills they need to be successful in work, while at the same time boosting your bottom line by giving your workforce precisely the skills you need them to have.

If you’re thinking about taking an apprentice on, our trained Business Development Unit advisers can help you at every stage of the process. We’ll make sure you’re aware of all the funding opportunities, ensure you understand the legalities, help you attract applications and we’ll even give you tips on how to choose the right apprentice for your business. And we’ll be there to support you and your apprentice through their training and education.

Businesses of all sizes take on Apprentices, so whether you’re a sole trader looking to grow your business, or a large firm looking to develop an existing workforce, call one of our advisers on 01904 770368 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Apprenticeships: facts at a glance.

  • 90% of Apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship
  • 88% of employers believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated & satisfied workforce
  • 71% of Apprentices stay with the same employer
  • 77% of employers believe Apprentices make them more competitive
  • 76% of employers sat that Apprentices provide higher overall productivity

Motivate and upskill your workforce.

  • Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by helping businesses to expand the skills available in the organisation.
  • The average person completing an Apprenticeship increases productivity by £214 a week.
  • These gains include increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Grow your Business

  • Businesses that offer Apprenticeships think that they help with their long-term development.
  • According to the British Chambers of Commerce, businesses usually employ an apprentice to improve the skills available within their organisation.
  • Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

What does it cost?

The employer needs to pay the apprentice a weekly wage. If your apprentice is under 19, or in the first year of their apprenticeship, you will need to pay them at least the apprentice minimum wage which is currently set at £3.30. Once they have completed the first year of the apprenticeship the apprentice is entitled to National Minimum Wage. You are, of course, free to pay your apprentice above this minimum wage and many employers increase wages as skills develop. Employers may be required to contribute towards training costs if the apprentice is over 19 years of age.

The government Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) has been extended until 31 December 2015. £1,500 is available for eligible employers who commit to employ one or more 16 to 24 year old apprentices for the first time, or who have not employed one in the last 12 months. Follow this link for details.

Please contact the Business Development Unit on 01904 770368 for further information.

Apprenticeships are available to candidates aged 16 and above but there are different levels of funding available depending on the age of the candidate as follows:
Candidates aged 16-18 are fully funded – Intermediate or Advanced Level
Candidates aged 19+ are partially funded and the fee depends on the framework been followed by the Apprentice.

Candidates who hold qualifications at Level 4 or above i.e graduates are not eligible for funding so a fee for the qualification would be charged and the amount of this depends on which framework is been followed.

 Government Guidance on Apprenticeships and Traineeships

 Contact details

Telephone: 01904 770368

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



For National Apprenticeship Week 2015 we teamed up with Vale Radio to find out how local businesses had benefitted by taking on Apprentices with the help of York College’s Business Development Unit. Here's what they had to say...

Roger Lee, Director, Bedern Hall.

Lesley Strangwards, HR Manager, Townends Accountants

David MacMillan, Managing Director, DM Scientific Ltd

Jo Carr, Employer, Renaissance Hair Salon, Haxby

Richard Daniels, Manager, NM Group