The Apprenticeship Levy
What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
In April 2017 the Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced, this means that the way the government funds Apprenticeships in England will change.
All employers with an annual pay bill of £3 million or more will be required to pay the Levy and they will be able to use their Levy funding to take on Apprentices.
Who will need to pay the Levy?
Employers in the UK with a pay bill of more than £3 million will be required to pay the Levy. The rate will be set at 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill where it exceeds £3,000,000 and will be collected via the PAYE system. Employers who are in scope will receive an allowance of £15,000.
The levy will only be payable on employers with a wage bill in excess of £3,000,000, this means it will affect less than 2% of the UK employers. If your wage bill is under £3,000,000, you do not, at this stage, need to pay the levy to be able to access government support via a digital Apprenticeship service system.
The digital apprenticeship service will be available over the next year. You will be able to register to create your account from January 2017 and you’ll be able to familiarise yourself with the service.
How will the Apprenticeship Levy be used?
Any funding paid into the levy by you or by the government through co-investment can only be used towards the cost of Apprenticeship training and End Point assessment. This must be with an approved assessment organisation or training provider, such as Steadfast Training Ltd.