Learn how to finance an apprenticeship programme with the most up to date information on the levy and how to claim funding back.
The apprenticeship levy - in a nutshell
The compulsory apprenticeship levy equates to 0.5% of a firm's pay bill - though every employer will receive a £15k allowance against the levy. In practice this means that the levy will only be paid on a pay bill of over £3 million. The money raised will pay for apprenticeships in (England only).
There will be a £15k allowance for all firms meaning that those with paybills under £3m will not have to pay the levy. The money can be spent on apprenticeship training in England only. Money paid by firms in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will return via the block grant as skills is a devolved power.
What is the Digital Apprenticeships Service?
The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is the online end-to-end service for employers in England. It will enable employers to find an apprentice candidate, choose a training provider and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment. The system was fully operational for levy payers from April 2017. Those firms not paying the levy will not use the system until at least 2018.
The Apprenticeship Service holds the following information:
- A list of colleges and providers and their performance records.
- A list of approved end-point assessment organisations
- A function to allow levy-paying employers to buy apprenticeship training.
- Non-levy payers will also be able to use the Apprenticeship Service, but only to view information. It is likely that non levy-payers will transition to using it to manage their apprenticeships from 2019/2020.
Insight webinar #9 - a guide to reclaiming your levy
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