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Support to help York businesses grow and develop in York

Following York’s first virtual Business Week, City of York Council is reminding businesses that it offers free, impartial 1:1 information and support..

Guidance includes how to access funding to help hire new staff, or upskill existing employees.

Funding streams currently available include:

  • £750 to provide an unpaid T Level placement to a full-time student in education and childcare, digital and construction courses.
  • £1,000 per Traineeship placement. A Traineeship is a six month to one year unpaid placement helping young people gain work-ready skills.
  • Up to £5,800, to cover the National Minimum Wage per six month KickStart job placement
  • £1,500 – £3,000 for each new apprentice hire of any age across all levels from Intermediate to Degree.
  • Up to £27,000 government funding to cover the training and assessment cost of an Apprenticeship programme of 12-48 months.

Cllr Andrew Waller, City of York Council’s Executive Member for the Economy and Strategic Planning, explained:

We know that this is an incredibly challenging time for businesses across the country and we’re committed to supporting York businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and recovery.

“At a time when many businesses are having to diversify or deliver their offer in different ways, council officers can help by advising on how to fill a skills gap or to grow their business. It is important that York businesses are able to connect to the funding that has been announced in response to the economic pressures from Covid. By using this money to save jobs, and create new employment chances it will put in the city in a stronger position to recover. I’d urge any businesses who need some advice about developing their team’s skills to get in touch.”

To find out more about the funding available, and how we can support local businesses throughout the process, contact the council’s Business Engagement Advisor, Bob Watmore, on 07769 640241 or email

To find out more about support for businesses around Apprenticeships, Traineeships and the Kickstart Scheme visit the Make It York website.