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York College currently supports more than 1,000 organisations, helping them to recruit apprentices that are a great match for their business.

We deliver a range of apprenticeships in various occupational areas such as Business Administration, Accounting, Team Leading and Management, Digital, Construction, Engineering, Science, Hospitality, Hairdressing, Teaching and HR Support.

Please contact us today to find out how apprenticeships can support your organisation's recruitment skills and training development plans.

Email: businesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk
Telephone: 01904 770368

We work hard to make sure that correspondence with our employers is regular and informative. We also listen carefully to current and prospective employers to fully understand their needs and manage the delivery of their apprenticeships to ensure the best benefits to their business.

Apprenticeship funding and the Digital Apprenticeship Service

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy by the Government in 2017, employers with a payroll of over £3 million are now required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy to fund their apprenticeships. If your business fits this category, then the business would be known as a Levy Payer.

Businesses not paying the Levy are known as Non Levy Payers and are eligible to receive a 95% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship, unless you have 49 or less staff and your apprentice is in the 16 to 18 age group. Then, the cost of the apprenticeship training is fully funded. Your business would still be responsible for paying the apprentice’s wage.

From April 2021, the recruitment of all new apprentices will be required to go through the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) system to access the funding for them, regardless of whether you are a Levy Payer or Non-Levy Payer.

Levy Paying employers allocate and agree funds from their Apprenticeship Levy account to cover the cost of the apprenticeship training and Non-Levy Paying employers will need to reserve funding for their apprenticeship programme/s through their Government Digital Apprenticeship System (DAS).

On this page you will find the information you will need for setting up your account along with a video to watch which provides a step-by-step guide on setting it up.

We are here to help and if you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on the information provided at the bottom of the page.

The Apprenticeship Digital Account Service

Through your account you will be able to manage a range of services. This includes managing apprenticeship funding, advertising vacancies on 'Find an Apprenticeship', finding training providers that deliver your chosen apprenticeship programme and reserving funding for the provider to deliver the chosen apprenticeship.

For more information on the Government Digital Account System (DAS) follow this link.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds

What you will need to do

You will first need to create an account, then add a PAYE scheme on behalf of your organisation and lastly accept the employer agreement with the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency).

The video tutorial below will guide you through setting up your account.

Information you will need

Before you begin to set your account up, you will need to have a couple of pieces of information to hand:

  • An email address you have access to
  • The Government Gateway login for your organisation if your organisation has a payroll of more than £3 million per annum or your business accounts office reference number and employer PAYE scheme reference number if your annual pay bill is less than £3 million
  • Authority to add PAYE schemes to the account
  • Authority to accept the employer agreement on behalf of your organisation

If you are having any problems at all with your account or would like to talk through the process, please contact us.

Emailbusinesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk
Telephone
– 01904 770368 Option 1

Alternatively, look at the ESFA’s YouTube channel which has a variety of easy tutorials that talk you through many of the processes on the Digital Apprenticeship Service.

Apprenticeship incentives

The government is offering a £3000 incentive scheme to employers who recruit new apprentices into their business.

The first wave of the incentive offer is open until the 30th of November 2021 and applies to employers who have recruited a new apprentice between 1st April 2021 to the 30th of September 2021.

The recently announced second wave of the incentive offer is open until 31st of January for employers who have recruited a new apprentice with a start date between 1st October 2021 to 31st January.

The £3000 payment is different to apprenticeship levy funds, so you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, on uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You do not have to pay it back.

The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 an employer will already get for taking on an apprentice who is either:

  • · Aged 16 to 18 years old
  • · Under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority
How it is paid

The new apprenticeship incentives are paid to you directly by the Government, in two instalments, around a year apart with the first one being approximately 4 months after your apprentice starts at College. These are paid by the government directly into the business account as per the details you enter when registering for the incentive claim on DAS.

How to claim

To claim the apprenticeship incentive, you need to apply for them through your digital account on DAS.

Any issues with your claim please contact the Apprenticeship Service Helpdesk directly on 08000 150 600.

Setting up your account

You can create an account to manage apprenticeships on the Government website.

There is also a guidance video explaining the registration journey, creating an account and accepting the employer agreement on the apprenticeship service:

  • Creating an account
  • Adding PAYE scheme
  • Confirming organisational details
Support Video - Employers: How to reserve funding, add an apprentice and use the recruitment tool

Access the support video for employers here.

York College support

York College Business Partnerships Team can offer some support with setting up your account, but you will need to do the initial registration with your company details and PAYE information. When you are setting up the account, you can give permission for us to add details. You would still need to approve anything that we did add.

Please email us on businesspartnerships@yorkcollege.ac.uk if you require help with this or if you have any questions.

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