Now is the time to Think Apprenticeships

Take a new look at the new financial incentives at the bottom of this page and see how Apprenticeships can help your company.

Business is tough. This year has brought additional pressure to businesses, so the Government has pledged financial incentives for businesses taking on new apprentices, to support them through Covid-19 recovery and create brilliant opportunities for apprentices.

Future proof your workforce with Runshaw

Our Employer Relationships Team is ready to help you with every step of securing an apprentice. From your initial contact with us all the way through to appointing an apprentice, you will have one person who will be your single point of contact. Once your apprentice is in the post, our Trainer Assessor team takes over as we begin to assess your apprentice against the new standards, again, there will just be one point of contact for you who will keep you regularly updated with their progress.

Reasons to hire an Apprentice:

Taking on an apprentice has a huge range of benefits for your business:

  • 80% of companies who invest in Apprenticeships have reported a significant increase in employee retention
  • 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future

Quick steps to hiring an Apprentice:

1.    Find the right type of apprenticeship training for your business
2.    Contact our Employer Relationship Team on or call 01772 643008
3.    Work with us to advertise your apprenticeship opportunity
4.    Interview your candidates and appoint!

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The Levy

Apprenticeship Changes impacting your business: The Levy, Standards, and everything in-between!

The first stage of the levy, began in May 2017, and only affects your business if it has a payroll of over £3 million.  This involves paying 0.5% of payroll costs on a monthly basis after the deduction of a £15,000 allowance.  The government then tops up the fund by 10%, and the funds can be used by to buy apprenticeship training through an approved provider whilst also allowing you to get more out of the fund than they put in.

Most businesses under the £3m marker will not pay the levy and if your business has less than 50 employees an not part of a larger group of companies it will not have to make any contribution for apprentices aged 16 to 18, and just 10% for those over.

The Assessment

All ‘Frameworks’ will be replaced by ‘Standards’ which have been designed by employer groups.

Apprenticeship Levy and Standards Information

Register your information and we will send an Apprenticeship Levy information pack to you.

  • How Can an Apprentice Help My Business?

    Apprentices are a cost-effective combination for RECRUITMENT and TRAINING.

    Take on an apprentice in conjunction with Runshaw College and you can look forward to having a valuable new member in your company, with the support system provided by our Employer Relations Team and your apprentice’s own personal trainer to support them throughout their apprenticeship.

  • How Does the Financial Incentive Work?
    • Up to £3,000 incentive for employers taking on a new apprentice.
    • £2,000 for an Apprentice aged under 25yrs
    • £1,500 for an Apprentice aged over 25yrs.

    These payments are additional to the £1,000 incentive already paid for Apprentices aged under 19 (or under 25yrs with an Education and Health Care Plan):

    Incentive Categories Age of Apprentice
    Employer Incentive 16-18 (£1,000)
    Employer Incentive – Care Leaver – EHCP 19-24 (£1,000)
    Learner Incentive / Bursary – Local Authority Care Leaver 16-18 & 19-24 (£1,000)
    New additional Incentive – recruiting a new apprentice (Aug 20 – 31 Jan 2021) 16-24 (£2,000), & 25+ (£1,500)


  • Are there any Restrictions?
    • The apprentice must be a new employee to the business
    • You must take on the apprentice between August 2020 and 31 January 2021
    • The apprentice must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the apprenticeship contract start date
    • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments if eligibility is met
  • I Already Receive Payments for my Apprentice – Can I Access this too?

    Yes. These incentive payments are in addition to payments that are currently available for apprenticeship costs for 16-18-year-old apprentices or those aged 19-24 who have previously been in care or have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

  • How do I Apply?

    You can claim these incentive payments from 1 September 2020 by registering for a digital service account with the apprenticeship service at here.

  • How Will I get Paid?

    The payment will be made directly to you in two equal instalments, where the apprentice is still in learning at day 90 and day 365.

  • Contact us today!

    Call our Employer Relationships Team: 01772 643008

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