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Large employers are encourage to register for an online Apprenticeship service before the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on the 6th of April.

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the Apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on 6 April 2017.

The Apprenticeship service https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the Apprenticeship Levy.

The levy will require employers, with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into the Apprenticeship service, to encourage them to invest in Apprentices.

The online service then allows those employers to financially manage their Apprenticeship programme and help them to estimate their financial spend and recruit Apprentices through their training providers. It will help employers:

  • focus on their business priorities
  • address skills shortages head on
  • invest in the skills and training to help their organisations succeed

It’s really quick to set up an account, and employers that have already registered during our testing phase have told us how easy they found it.

 

To register, levy-paying employers should have:

  • their Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include
  • the details for each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for Apprenticeship training, including Companies House or charity number

The register to manage your Apprenticeship funds page https://www.gov.uk/guidance/manage-apprenticeship-funds provides more guidance.