What is the apprenticeship levy?

The apprenticeship levy was introduced by the government in April 2017 to encourage UK employers to invest in developing quality apprenticeship programmes to close skills gaps in the workforce.

Who pays the apprenticeship levy?

All employers with a UK payroll bill of over £3 million a year will pay the apprenticeship levy at a rate of 0.5 per cent. However, businesses can get this money back, but it must be spent on apprenticeship training. In addition, the government will provide additional levy top ups to be spent on training apprentices.

What if my employer doesn't pay the levy?

It's not all about big business. Employers who do not meet the £3 million threshold, such as SMEs, are eligible for funding covering at least 90 per cent of the costs of apprenticeships with additional incentives if apprentices meet certain criteria. Business who don't pay the levy can find out more advice here.

What do I need to pay?

Your apprenticeship will be covered by your employer and the government so you won't need to pay for your training costs.

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