Could an apprentice help your business grow?

City of York Council is calling on businesses in the area to find out how the new funding for apprenticeship training could help their business up skill existing staff or hire new staff ahead of National Apprenticeship week running from 5-9 March.

Employers from across the city will be showcasing high quality apprenticeship vacancies at York’s ninth apprenticeship recruitment event, organised by the council-led York Apprenticeship Hub.

The event on Thursday 8 March will see over 400 young people meet with recruiting employers and existing apprentices to find out information about alternative routes through Level 3 qualifications and university.

Cllr Keith Orrell, Interim Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “If your business is looking into apprenticeships, or you are not sure what the apprenticeship reforms or apprenticeship levy means for your business, then this event can help your business find out more. Our apprenticeships team will be on hand to help with any queries.”

Over 100 apprenticeship vacancies will be promoted covering business and finance, construction, retail, hospitality, digital & IT, engineering, law, childcare & intelligence. Exhibiting employers include: Nestlé, PureNet, City of York Council, the Armed Services, Fera Science Ltd, Network Rail and many more.

To either meet with training providers or someone independent from the council-led York Apprenticeship Hub team, or to exhibit your apprenticeship vacancies at the event, please contact the apprenticeship team on or 01904 553732.

Nominate an apprentice: 6th October deadline

Now in its seventh year, this high profile city-wide event is seeking nominations for outstanding apprentices and employers of apprentices by 6 October, for the Awards Ceremony in November.

Led by City of York Council in partnership with The Guilds of York and training providers, the Annual York Graduation and Awards Ceremony has been a growing success.

Over the last year around 1700 York employees have benefited from apprenticeship training as businesses have created jobs and taken on new apprentice recruits or supported the professional development of their existing staff.

This year’s ceremony at the Grand Opera House on 8 November will showcase the individual and business benefits of apprenticeship training and celebrate the achievements of the city’s outstanding apprentices and businesses employing apprentices.

There are five categories for the awards: Apprentice of the Year aged 16-24 (smaller business); Apprentice of the Year aged 16-24 (Larger Employer), Apprentice of the Year aged 25 or over, Smaller Employer of the Year and Larger Employer of the Year.

Last year’s apprentice winners were Shane Fenton (Ambulance Care Assistant for Yormed), Louis Watson (Developer at PureNet/PureClarity) and joint winners, in the 25 and overs category, Nicky Smith (Facilities Assistant at Joseph Rowntree Foundation) and Nicola Eastwood (Senior Carer at The Lodge, Roseville Holdings ltd). Employer winners were York Millennium Windows and Nestlé .

Cllr Keith Orrell, Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, said: “We are constantly striving to boost apprenticeship training in York to benefit the development of both new recruits and existing members of staff in local businesses and organisations. The amazing achievements and career progression of those nominated and graduating reveals how much talent there is in our wonderful city.”

This high profile annual graduation and awards ceremony highlights the talent and skills York has to support the growth of local business.

Those who have completed an apprenticeship qualification in York or with a York employer or training provider between November 1 2016 and October 31 2017, are eligible to graduate this year.

*To register to graduate, nominate your apprentice or employer for an award or for more information, email, call 01904 553732 or fill in our online form at

Apprenticeship reforms – do you know what they mean for you and your business?

York Council asks, “Do you know how your business can benefit from new funding for taking on an apprentice and training your existing staff from April?”

As well as offering the chance for young people to meet with employers about real apprenticeship vacancies, the latest York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event is inviting local businesses to find out more about the upcoming apprenticeship reforms.

The event takes place on Thursday 2 March at West Offices, City of York Council.

At the event businesses will be able to meet an independent business adviser to talk about the changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for employers and how businesses can benefit from them. For example, if you are looking to recruit a 16-18 year old, there will be a £1000 grant available to businesses of any size. If you have less than 50 staff, the training is also fully funded by the Government. If your payroll exceeds £3m, however, you are about to become an apprenticeship levy payer, with different changes to be aware of. (more…)

Another York apprenticeship recruitment event announced for 2nd March

 apprenticeshipsYoung people will be able to find out about over 100 apprenticeship vacancies across the city at the latest York apprenticeship recruitment event on 2 March 2017.

The event is coordinated by City of York Council’s York Apprenticeship Hub team.

The recruitment event, which takes place at West Offices between 4.00pm and 7.00pm, looks to highlight both the individual benefits of pursuing an apprenticeship job with training and the business benefits of hiring apprentices.

The event will provide an opportunity for young people aged 16-24 and their parents or carers, to meet with recruiting employers and to find out about alternative routes to Level 3 qualifications and university.

As well as the chance to speak to employers, training providers and current apprentices the event will also offer the opportunity for young people to book one-to-one advice sessions. The guidance sessions can advise people on CVs, job searching, interviews and the different options available to them.

With over 100 apprenticeship vacancies across the city, including accountancy, marketing, engineering and health, the event has lots to offer people who are considering their next step toward a career. Employers, such as Nestlé, Siemens, Portakabin, the Armed services, Marriott Hotel and many more, will be looking to fill vacancies and share information on their apprenticeship schemes. Training providers will also be available to discuss other York based apprenticeship vacancies and training opportunities.

Advice on apprenticeships available at York drop-in session

 Young people will be able to find out more about apprenticeships, vacancies and alternative routes to higher education at an event on Thursday 11 February.

Breadmaker apprentice

Advisers will be on hand to speak to young people, parents and carers at the Castlegate Centre between 4pm and 7pm and offer careers advice, including information on apprenticeships.

In York there are currently a wide variety of Apprenticeship vacancies being advertised covering; business and finance, hospitality, lab technicians, construction, creative and cultural, digital marketing and social media, engineering, I.T, health and many more.

York’s apprentices celebrated at graduation event

Hundreds of York apprentices and apprentice employers were celebrated at last night’s graduation ceremony (Thursday 19 November) which took place at the Royal York Hotel.

The fifth York Apprenticeship Graduation, co-ordinated by York Apprenticeship Hub, saw over 100 apprentices recognised for completing their Apprenticeship.

Apprentices were joined at the high-profile ceremony by over 200 friends, family, employers and training providers. Other guests at the event included The National Apprenticeship Service, York and North Yorkshire Enterprise PartnershipThe Guilds and the Civic Party.

Rise in number of apprenticeships in York

 Breadmaker apprentice

City of York Council has welcomed figures showing a 30 percent increase in the number of people starting apprenticeships in the past year making it the UK’s sixth top-performing local authority.

Figures released by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills have shown that 1,690  York residents have started an apprenticeship in the last year (2014/15), 390 more than the last academic year.

The statistics also show York to be one of the highest performing local authorities for Apprenticeship growth amongst businesses with York ranking sixth out of 151 at full Local Authority level, meaning it is in the top four per cent of Local Authorities.

The figures also showed that around 20 percent of this growth in apprenticeships was generated by the council-led York Apprenticeship Hub which helps small businesses new to apprenticeships, supporting them through the process and helping them find the training provider and right person for the job.

Apprentices across York invited to graduate

York’s apprentices are being invited to a graduation ceremony to celebrate and showcase their work across the city next month.

ApprenticeshipThe fifth annual York Apprentice Graduation Ceremony, organised by the York Apprenticeship Hub at City of York Council, is taking place on Thursday 19 November at the Royal York Hotel between 7.30pm and 8.45pm and young people are being encouraged to register their attendance.

This event is a celebration of the achievements of apprentices across the city and also highlights the benefits to businesses of recruiting and training apprentices. Each apprentice will be awarded a certificate by The Guilds of York as part of a formal ceremony to which family and friends are invited to reflect on the successes and hard work over the course of their apprenticeships.

Over 1,000 apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship training and qualification between August 2014 and September 2015 are eligible to graduate and employers are encouraged to register their own, eligible apprentices by emailing

After the success of last year’s awards, this year’s event will also announce the winners of prizes for the categories of:

  • Apprentice of the year (aged 16 – 24)
  • Apprentice of the year (aged 25+)
  • Small employer of the year
  • Large employer of the year.