Last updated 14 Februrary 2017
UK businesses have until 6 April 2017 to prepare for the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy. The levy is part of the government’s initiative to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeships through funds they have more control over.
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The Apprenticeship Levy is a government initiative changing the way apprenticeships are funded in the UK. There are three things employers need to know:
Yes. Our current IT apprentice employers range from international swimwear brands and law firms to secondary schools and charities.
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You’ll pay your levy to HMRC through PAYE (together with tax and National Insurance). The payments will then appear in your digital account, where you can select and pay for an apprenticeship with an approved training provider like Firebrand.
Funds that have been in your account for longer than 24 months will expire, so it’s important you invest them into apprenticeships or the levy will simply act as a tax.
The government contributes in two ways:
The levy puts employers in control of their apprenticeship funding, letting you decide where and how you spend the funding available. It’s not a tax, so you’ll receive levy payments back by reinvesting them into apprenticeship training.
The levy benefits employers that are committed to training and developing their workforce more than those who don’t, as they’ll be able to claim back more from the government than they contribute.
Yes. All non-levied employers will receive government funding for Digital Apprenticeship Standard programmes (developed by employer Trailblazer groups) by co-investment from the government.
You’ll only pay 10% of the cost of training and the government pays the rest (90%).