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The Apprenticeship Levy

What is the Apprenticeship levy, who does it apply to and how do you get the most out of it?

Who does the Apprenticeship levy apply to.

This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual wage bills

in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it.


General description of the levy

The Apprenticeship levy will be applicable to UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of Apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. It was introduced in April 2017.


The policy objective


The government is committed to boosting productivity by investing in human capital. As part of this, the government is committed to developing vocational skills and to increasing the quantity and quality of Apprenticeships. It has committed to an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England by 2020. The levy will help to deliver new Apprenticeships and it will support quality training by putting employers at the centre of the system. Employers who are committed to training will be able to get back more than they put in by training sufficient numbers of Apprentices.








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