Apprenticeship Levy – Common questions from employers

Business update from ESFA

Over the last few years the government has embarked on a programme to increase the benefits that apprenticeships bring to all organisations. Reformed apprenticeships are more rigorous, better structured, independently assessed and more clearly aligned to your needs for skills to boost your organisation.

To support these changes a UK-wide apprenticeship levy came into force on 6 April 2017.

Our online apprenticeship service, which we launched in February this year, already has many employers signed up to start using their money to invest in apprenticeships.

Once you’ve declared your levy, you will see the balance in your apprenticeship service account by the end of May 2017. But first, you need to ensure that you’ve set up your account on the apprenticeship service. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes – the register to manage your apprenticeship funds page tells you everything you need.

On the apprenticeship service you can:

  • search for apprenticeships and see details of the approved providers who can deliver that training through find apprenticeship training
  • sign an agreement for each of your organisations that will contract with training providers
  • add apprentices and set up payments to training providers – here are some common questions from employers about this part of the service
  • soon view your English percentage in your account

The funds available to spend on apprenticeships depend on the percentage of your pay bill that’s paid to employees who live in England. HMRC works out the English percentage for each PAYE scheme by dividing the total year-to-date pay bill of employees who live in England by the total year-to-date pay bill of all employees.

Sign up to our blog and follow @SFAdigital on Twitter for updates and useful advice on getting ready for the levy. We are putting helpful hints and tips on the blog as we learn where employers have questions.

Keep an eye out on #LevyLove on twitter as we also put out updates and useful advice.


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