Richmondshire District Council

Coronavirus - Support for apprenticeships

Further support has been announced through the Plan for Jobs Programme for employers looking to take on new apprentices. Businesses will be able to apply for a new payment of £3,000 for each apprentice they take on between 1 April and 30 September.   

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced a coronavirus response guidance document for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations. The DfE coronavirus helpline can be reached on 0800 046 8687.

For advice on furloughing apprentices while their training continues, please see HMRC's advice on the Employee Retention Scheme.

The National Skills Academy have moved apprenticeship advice, support and toolkits for small businesses online. This includes free master-classes.

Apprenticeship fact file 

We understand that taking on your first apprentice can be a daunting experience if you don't know the process of how this will affect your business. We have therefore compiled the Apprenticeship fact file. If you still have queries after reading this page, please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Scheme 2019-21

The Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy Scheme 2019-21 is open for applications. If you are considering employing an apprentice then apply as soon as possible within the deadline dates given below. 

If you wish to apply to the scheme please complete our online application form. The application includes eligibility criteria so please read through this carefully before applying. 

The funding is for new apprentices only. To be eligible for this funding scheme, the apprentice/s must not have started their training. The apprentice/s must only start their training once a funding offer letter is received through this scheme. Please note the deadline for applications and the decision making process below. Applications will only be approved after each deadline has passed. Please consider these dates when deciding apprenticeship start dates. 

Deadline for applications  Applications considered Date to employ
31 May 2021 7 June 2021 7 September 2021  
31 July 2021 9 August 2021 9 November 2021
30 September 2021 11 October 2021 11 January 2021

If you have any queries please contact the Business and Community team via 01748 829100 or email

National Apprenticeship Scheme

For details on how to hire an apprentice and for a list of local training providers please go to:

Richmondshire apprenticeship opportunities

If you are an employer recruiting to fill an apprenticeship opportunity, we can post it on our Apprenticeship vacancies page. Please send the details to

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