Help for Small Businesses / Apprentices / Business Start ups by Young People

The below information was sent to Council by RDC.  If you want further details, contacts are below:

RDC business and community team

If you are looking for confidential help and advice then please contact a member of the team:-

Business and Community Manager, Sue White
Telephone: 01748 901040, email:

Business and Community Officer, Abi Player
Telephone: 01748 901035, email:

Kickstart – Funding gateway now open!

Richmondshire District Council are now an intermediary for The Kickstart scheme. If your business is looking to fill a vacancy then please complete the expression of interest form. The Kickstart scheme is for those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding is available for each six month job placement and will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. For more information visit our Kickstart scheme page.


The Government will pay £2,000 per apprentice under the age of 25, and £1,500 for those aged 25 and over.

This money is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care plan.

Employers can make a claim from 1st September 2020, and once there is a contract of employment and apprenticeship agreement in place.

Visit the Apprenticeships website or call the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 for more details.

Apprentice Wage Subsidy Scheme

If you’re thinking of taking on an apprentice, please get in touch and find out how our scheme can help businesses with £2,000-£3,000 funding. Find more information on our apprenticeship page, where you can also find links to the National Apprenticeship Scheme and current opportunities.

T Levels

T Levels are new, two year technical education courses that will follow GCSEs, and will be equivalent to three A Levels.

They will offer students a mixture of classroom learning (80%) and ‘on-the-job’ experience in an industry placement (20%), providing the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

For further information visit the T Levels website or contact:
Industry Placement Hotline on 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or email:


From September 2020, the Government will provide an additional £111 million for traineeships in England to fund high-quality work placements and training for 16-24 year olds. Employers will receive £1,000 per trainee.