From 6 April 2017, employers with a paybill of more than £3 million per year are liable to pay a new apprenticeship levy. The levy applies to all industry sectors, in both the public- and private-sector, for the purpose of raising money to meet the cost of apprenticeship schemes across the UK.
Employers operating in England and that pay the apprenticeship levy are able to access funds for the training and assessment of apprenticeships through a Digital Apprenticeship Service account. Separate arrangements for funding apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is also support for non-levy paying employers that want to train an apprentice.
New and updated on XpertHR
Our new "How to" guide on employing an apprentice includes information on the apprenticeship levy and funding, apprenticeship standards and frameworks, selecting a training provider, and recruiting an apprentice.
Our model apprenticeship agreement has been revised to reflect the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and the move away from apprenticeship "frameworks" towards apprenticeship "standards".
- What is the apprenticeship levy?
- How will an employer be able to access funding from the apprenticeship levy?
- What will employers be able to spend apprenticeship levy funding on?
- How will employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy be able to fund apprenticeships?
- Are employers required to pay apprentices the national minimum wage?
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Commentary and analysis
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- Employers can now register for online apprenticeship service
- Apprenticeship levy and targets risk being poor value for money
- Apprenticeship levy: funding policy from May 2017 finalised
- Two-fifths of businesses in the dark about apprenticeship levy
- Government pushes ahead with apprenticeship levy
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