The Apprenticeship Levy

In spring 2017 the way the government funds Apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new Apprenticeship Levy, and there will be changes to the funding for Apprenticeship training for all employers.

The Apprenticeship Levy will come into force on 6 April 2017 and requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in Apprenticeships.

If you’re an employer with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million, you’ll start paying the levy in May 2017.

Each month, you will have to:

  • Let HMRC know whether you need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Include the levy you need to pay in your usual PAYE payment to HMRC

Accessing money paid under the Apprenticeship levy

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

Through the Digital Apprenticeship Service all employers will be able to:

  • Select an Apprenticeship framework or standard
  • Choose the training provider or providers you want to deliver the training
  • Choose the organisation that will assess your Apprentices
  • Post Apprenticeship vacancies

How St Helens Chamber can help

If you will be required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy we can support you to estimate your levy payments,  carry out a training needs analysis of your workforce and put a fully costed training plan in place, that allows you to recoup your levy contributions through investing in staff training.

To find out more call us on 01744 742333 or email workforce@sthelenschamber.com and one of our team will come out to visit you.
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