York businesses reminded about apprenticeship support

City of York Council’s Apprenticeship team is reminding local businesses that they can get help and support – including financial – if they are planning to take on apprentices this September.

Apprenticeships continue to play a significant role in supporting the city’s economic recovery from the covid 19 pandemic, with 730 new apprenticeships started in York from June ‘21 to January ‘22.

A total of 79 of these were in the council and local authority maintained schools, which is an increase of 49 per cent in the last six months.

The authority has also agreed support for 27 apprentices in nine other organisations across the city, committing £160,000 of support through the Apprenticeship Levy Scheme.

This national initiative enables larger employers to transfer unspent apprenticeship levy onto other businesses or partner organisations, enabling the funding to remain local, benefitting smaller organisations and enhancing the pool of skilled workers in the city.

York High School to host City-wide apprenticeship recruitment event next month

York High School is set to host a city-wide Apprenticeship Recruitment Event on 15 March from 4-7pm, highlighting the range of opportunities available for school and college leavers around the city.

Employers attending the event will have a fantastic opportunity to meet with some of York’s best and brightest school and college graduates and showcase their apprenticeship opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a copy of their CV, and explore the full range of opportunities for apprenticeships across the city.

Training providers such as York College and Derwent Training are scheduled to attend. Alongside them will be a succession of local employers such as Fera Science, British Army, City of York Council, Marriott Hotel, Citywide Health and many more.

There are still spaces available for any businesses looking to exhibit, employers who are interested should contact york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

“We are incredibly lucky to have so many enthusiastic young people in York looking to explore apprenticeship opportunities, and this event represents a great opportunity for local businesses to promote themselves to the workforce of the future, and help young people to make more informed choices to reach their full potential.”

Building the future’ as part of National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February)

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York businesses are being reminded of the critical role apprenticeships can play in helping them to ‘build the future’ of their organisation, during National Apprenticeship Week (7-13 February).

The annual event aims to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to employers and individuals of all ages. This year’s theme is ‘build the future’ and focuses on training, retaining skills and achieving.

Apprenticeships are a great way of helping employers to grow their business and introduce new skill sets into their organisation.

Apprenticeships can be a great alternative to post-16 education and university, or for anyone who’s looking for a career change or to enhance professional development within their current role, giving people the opportunity to get on-the-job training while earning a wage at the same time.

City of York Council is committed to supporting apprentices and apprenticeships in York, with 70 apprentices currently in a diverse range of roles across the authority, including electricians, plumbers, gas engineers, solicitors, civil engineers, business administrators, early year’s educators, learning and skills teachers, social workers, senior leaders and project managers.  

The council also supports 34 apprentices in other organisations across the city, through the Apprenticeship Levy Scheme. This national initiative enables the council to fund elements of training for people taking apprenticeships in organisations across York.

A total of 1000 York residents started an apprenticeship from August 2020-July 2021.

City of York Council set to host apprenticeship day

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City of York Council is looking for local employers to take part in the next Year 11 Apprenticeship Taster Day which will be on 13 January 2022.

The event will see local school students have the opportunity to sample life as an apprentice in York and make connections with local businesses, helping them make an informed decision about their future.

Each January, Year 11 students in York are given two days to experience their next steps in education or training, whether that be sixth form, college or an apprenticeship. In 2019, City of York Council piloted the first ever city-wide apprenticeship option which was taken up by 80 students across 12 organisations including Aviva, Garbutt & Elliott, Network Rail, City of York Council, Little Green Rascals and Nestlé.

The council is now looking for local employers (large or small and from any sector) to offer a full or half day taster session, to include an overview of the sector or organisation and a practical activity. Employers can choose how many students they would like to offer a taster to (usually between 2 and 12).

Employers will be supported by the York Apprenticeship Hub, which will manage the administrative process and can help to put together an itinerary and offers suggestions on how best to structure the day and keep their arrangements Covid-safe.

Hiring an apprentice can bring great benefits to a business of any size, giving them access to enthusiastic and motivated young learners who will develop a strong relevant skillset and understanding of their chosen industry. Apprentices can learn on the job and help employers to greatly upskill their workforce,
If you’re interested or would like more information, please get in touch with the York Apprenticeship Hub before Tuesday 9th November via York.Apprenticeships@york.gov.uk.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:

It is important that young people continue to get opportunities to understand the choices available to them, and for local businesses to showcase their sector to bring in young talent to help with recruitment.”

More information on apprenticeships for businesses can be found by visiting the ‘Hiring and apprentice’ page on the council website.

Apprenticeship opportunities on the up in York

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The number of apprenticeship vacancies advertised each week in York is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels, reflecting the strength of the city’s apprenticeship offer, according to a report released this week.

The report sets out the actions taken by the council’s Apprenticeships and Skills teams to support employers and residents as the city continues its recovery following the covid pandemic.

It highlights the rise in the number of apprenticeships available in the city, which are now around double pre-pandemic levels, with around 200 vacancies being offered each week in a wide range of sectors, including retail, hospitality and tourism.

City of York Council has continued its commitment to invest in apprenticeships – both within the authority and across the city – with 53 apprenticeships ongoing in the council at present, supporting succession planning and upskilling existing staff members of all ages.

The authority has also made significant progress in enabling other local organisations to benefit from its Apprenticeship Levy funding. The Apprenticeship Levy is a Government funding system that requires larger businesses to set aside a proportion of their monthly payroll bill to fund the training and assessment of apprenticeships.  After inviting other local employers to apply for a transfer of funds from the council’s levy, £75,000 worth of transfers have been agreed to support apprenticeship opportunities across six organisations.

Find out more about the support available for individuals and businesses in York via our impartial Apprenticeship Hub email york.apprenticeships@york.gov.uk

For information on job vacancies (including apprenticeship vacancies) at the council visit  https://jobs.york.gov.uk/