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 having read this document, 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  
30 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 here for you. Send the details to

Level 2 Business and Office Skills Apprenticeship/Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship, Leyburn 

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to take their first steps into the retail and business world and gain valuable experience towards their career going forward. Within the business administration role, you will be regularly using computer programs. You will also be required to assist with our social media and website administration duties. The role is largely office based. You will however be required to occasionally be customer facing in the clothing and haberdashery department assisting customers. For an informal chat please contact Keith or Leonie on 01969 622208.

Level 2 Barista, Richmond 

An opportunity for two Level 2 baristas for a tearoom in Richmond. Learn all aspects of the business including preparing and serving of drinks, customer service, cash handling and stock control. For further information contact Gary Spence at The Little Drummer Boy Tearoom on 01748 850706 or email 

Commis Chef Level 2 Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth 

An opportunity for a young person who has a passion for good food and would like to start their journey to become a qualified chef. This is a full-time vacancy at 1783 Bar and Restaurant (The Burgoyne Hotel, Reeth). All of the details are listed on the Find an apprenticeship website or contact Rachael Owen on 01748 884292.

Level 2/3 Early Years Practitioner, Catterick Garrison

An opportunity for an early years practitioner at a private nursery in Catterick Garrison. You will be working with children between the ages of 0-5 years, organising activities, assisting with daily routines and interacting with the children. You will familiarise yourself with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and develop an understanding of how to plan and record how children develop through the age stages. For further details contact Paula on 01748 833725 or email   

Level 3 Carpentry, Richmond 

An opportunity for an apprentice in carpentry at Bezakk Group Ltd, Richmond. You will be working in a family owned and run business who specialise in crafting bespoke windows using traditional methods, as well as providing other joinery services. For further details contact Andy Whiteside on 01748 850330 or email 

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