Apprenticeship Levy

We are an established and pioneering training provider, with national reach, that supports large organisations create a skilled workforce to help accelerate business growth. We have a solid track record of supporting levy payers, within the public and private sectors.

Jackie Hardy | Account Manager

We are proud to work with some of the country's largest organisations in both the private and public sectors. We understand that large multi-site employers have different needs to smaller businesses and our service to large employers is both flexible and distinct. It can include, for example:

  • Working with HR and training teams to design your programme
  • Support with internal communications, including consulting with senior management and prospective apprentice supervisors
  • Integrated recruitment support
  • Tailoring of apprenticeship programmes (including the development of new apprenticeships) to meet your needs
  • The creation of bespoke online learning material
  • The potential for co-delivery of elements of the programme in partnership with your in-house team
  • Robust service level agreements and senior manager/director-level support for your programme

We can also offer a fully managed service, in-house consultancy support to help you launch and manage your programme. You can read more about how our apprenticeships work on our Employers page and read case studies from some our partner-employers on our Testimonials page..

Call Jonathan Bourne, our Managing Director, or our business development department on 0161 480 8171 or email We are always happy to meet you, without obligation, to run through your staff development and recruitment needs.

Levy Facts

  • For apprenticeship starts from May 2017, most apprenticeship funding comes from an employer levy set at 0.5% of UK payroll;
  • All employers receive an allowance of up to £15,000 to set against their annual contribution. This means that the first £3m of an organisation’s annual payroll is excluded from the levy;
  • Deductions are taken monthly through Pay As You Earn. The first payment was made in May 2017 by reference to employers’ April 2017 pay bills;
  • Employers then draw down their levy spend from a new digital apprenticeship account to fund the external costs of apprenticeship training;
  • If not used, the electronic funds expire after 24 months;
  • Employers receive an automatic 10% top up. So, a £1,000 levy contribution becomes £1,100 of digital apprenticeship funds;
  • Where apprentices are aged 16-18 on enrolment, it is recognised that there can be additional costs for both employers and providers, so there is an additional £1,000 payment for employers and providers (£2,000 in all) for each 16-18 year old apprentice that is recruited;
  • In calculating UK payroll, groups of companies under common ownership are treated as one;
  • All UK employers - public and private sector - are in scope but, at present, the levy can only be spent to support apprentices who work in England more than 50% of the time;
  • Larger public sector employers have a statutory apprenticeship target set at 2.3% of their workforce. Apprenticeships now feature in all public sector contracts lasting over a year and worth more than £10m;
  • Employers’ NI contributions for apprentices aged under 25 have been abolished;
  • Apprentices are expected to spend at least 20% of their time training (this is defined quite widely).

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