As of April this year, there will be some changes which will slightly alter the process of recruiting new apprentices into your business.
Although the below information will make you aware of those changes, our staff in the Business Development Unit are personally dedicated to making recruitment and funding of apprentices as simple as possible and will support you fully through the changes.
As background, you may be aware that funding for apprenticeships changed in April 2017 when businesses with a payroll of more than £3 million per year paid into the government’s Apprenticeship Levy system to help fund apprentices. Also at this time, the system moved on to the online Digital Apprenticeship Service to centralise the process for those paying the Levy.
Funding for small businesses such as yours also changed in 2017 with the new co-investment route for apprentices aged over 19 or if a business employs more than 50 employees. With the co-investment route, the government pays the majority of the cost of the apprenticeship and the business pays the remaining amount. At this time, this did not affect how apprentices were recruited, just the funding aspect of the apprenticeship.
However, from April of this year, 2020, the recruitment of all new apprentices will be required to go through the on-line digital system in order to access the funding for them, regardless of the size of the business.
Details are still being finalised at this time, but we wanted to bring this to your attention as you may receive communication from the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) about this and did not want this to come as a surprise. Once more information is released from the government, York College will be arranging information sessions to advise you as how to use the new system and will be offering support where needed.