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The Appren­tice­ship Levy — what you need to know

With a lot of dif­fer­ent infor­ma­tion fly­ing about on the Levy, many busi­ness­es we speak to are won­der­ing where they stand. Here we explain the key aspects of the Levy.

With a lot of dif­fer­ent infor­ma­tion fly­ing about on the Levy, many busi­ness­es we speak to are won­der­ing where they stand. Here we explain the key aspects of the Levy.

  • All employ­ers oper­at­ing in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 mil­lion each year, will be expect­ed to invest in apprenticeships
  • Your annu­al pay bill is all pay­ments to employ­ees that are sub­ject to employ­er Class 1 sec­ondary Nation­al Insur­ance con­tri­bu­tions (NICs) such as wages, bonus­es and commissions
  • Employ­ers who aren’t con­nect­ed to anoth­er com­pa­ny or char­i­ty will have an Appren­tice­ship Levy allowance of £15,000 each year
  • The Appren­tice­ship Levy is charged at 0.5% of your annu­al pay bill. You can use HMRC’s Basic PAYE Tools to help you work out how much you need to pay

Once you have declared the levy to HMRC, you will be able to access fund­ing for appren­tice­ships through your new Dig­i­tal Appren­tice­ship Ser­vice account.

What are the next steps you need to take?

  1. Once you have found the apprenticeship standard you want, you will be able to search for apprenticeship providers. This is done by location, so if you search Nottingham or the surrounding area, then Nottingham College will appear on your search results.
  2. You will then be able to select Nottingham College to find out what our apprenticeship provision offers, including important information on subjects such as pay and suggested job roles.
  3. You can then register directly with the apprenticeship service or contact us on 0115 945 7260 or by emailing business@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk
  4. From this point onwards we will take care of the rest, supporting you every step of the way, shortlisting apprentices for interview and once you are happy with your choice, organising a start date for the apprentice(s) to begin.
  5. We will then provide ongoing support to ensure the apprentice is successful appointment and organise regular visits from our training assessors to help support your business and the apprentices’ development needs.

Employer focused qualifications

This will see groups of employers working together alongside their trade bodies to develop apprenticeship ‘Trailblazers’ or ‘Standards’. Key aspects of this include:

  • The new ‘standards’ are designed by employers for employers, to ensure that apprenticeships support businesses to grow and prosper
  • Can be designed by employers specifically for a role and sector
  • They will be based on a combination of skills, behaviors and industry knowledge
  • They will provide clarity on what an apprentice will need to be able to do on completion
  • Will involve rigorous and independent assessment throughout

Digital Apprenticeship Service

The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is the new online portal brought in by the Government to empower employers to take control of their own apprenticeship training.

Some of the key aspects of the new portal include:

  • A new simple to use search facility for employers to find suitable apprenticeship ‘standards’ and to identify approved providers who can deliver that training.
  • Manage your account - Levy paying employers will be able to access their Levy account to manage and allocate funds accordingly.

What if my business isn't eligible to pay the Levy?

If you do not pay the levy, you won’t need to use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment at this point in time. We support business of all sizes, ensuring you have a tailored solution for your business needs. So if you are interested in recruiting an apprentice or training for your staff please contact us today to see how we can help support your recruitment needs and what funding is available for you to apply for.

Setting up a Digital Apprenticeship Service account

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Transferring funds

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Want to find out more?

If you want to learn more about the Appren­tice­ship Levy and what options you have please get in touch with us for a free con­sul­ta­tion today — call 0115 945 7260 or email: business@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk.