Hire An Apprentice – Apprenticeships for Levy Paying Employers

The levy

From 2017, the government introduced a new apprenticeship levy that will have financial implications for businesses of any size. In particular, large employers with a pay bill over £3 million will have to pay an annual apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their PAYE bill, which can only be recouped when they employ and train apprentices.
The levy will be collected monthly by HMRC through the payroll system so any employer who has a payroll bill over £250k in any one month will pay the levy

Transferring Levy funds to other Businesses

From April 2019 levy paying employers will be able to transfer up to 25% of their levy payment to other smaller local employers
For further information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transferring-apprenticeship-service-funds

New video shows how the Apprenticeship Service will work


Registration NOW OPEN for Online Apprenticeship Service
Also see this Step-by-step guide to apprenticeship service for levy payers.

5 Steps to taking on an Apprentice

Find out the 5 steps required to take on an Apprentice here.

Use this tool

To estimate if your organisation will pay the Apprenticeship Levy, how much your organisation will have available to spend on Apprenticeships and how much the government will contribute towards the cost of training.

New SFA Legal Agreement to enable spending for Levy Payers

To see the agreement and learn more about it click here.

This document sets out the latest policy for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017.


The HMRC have released new guidance on paying the Apprenticeship Levy.

HMRC – Paying the levy guidance

How we can help you?

If you want to make sure you get the best results from your apprenticeship levy payment, we are on hand to help and advise you through the process.
Whether you’re new to apprenticeships or already delivering them, we can work with you to:
  • Help you understand what the apprenticeship levy means and how it will impact your business
  • Help you understand the new apprenticeship standards that will be replacing apprenticeship frameworks
  • Help you with your apprenticeship strategy to ensure your business maximises its return on the levy investment
  • Help you to recruit and select apprentices and develop career pathways by recommending suitable training providers and colleges who can deliver an apprenticeship to suit your business needs
  • Help you identify progression routes to get your existing employees onto apprenticeships
  • Create a communications and engagement strategy to drive apprenticeships forward in your business
  • Source a quality-assured college or training provider
  • Support you with registering onto the Digital Apprenticeship Service
  • We’re impartial – as we don’t deliver apprenticeships ourselves, we give 100% objective advice that will help you decide the best way to use apprenticeships in your organisation
  • We’re the experts – we work across all of Worcestershire and with all the training providers, colleges, university and partner with local authorities, district councils, chamber of commerce and any organisation involved in delivering traineeships and apprenticeships across all sectors
  • We’re here for you – we can provide impartial advice and guidance and support you through the process, our role is to support employers, learners, parents and schools and to grow apprenticeships in Worcestershire to meet the LEP Skills Strategy
You can’t get out of paying the apprenticeship levy – but you can make sure that you’re getting the most from your investment!
info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk 0300 666 3 666

What is the levy? What will it mean for your business? What do you need to do to prepare? Our Fact sheet covers everything you need to know.

Apprenticeships Levy Key Facts September 2016

If you would like to ask any questions about the levy then we are here to help and advise you info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk

National updates are available here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-levy

Useful document on how the Apprenticeship levy works from www.gov.uk, updated 21st April 2016 – How the Apprenticeship levy works

DFE Apprenticeships guidance

This guidance is for:

    • school leaders
    • governing bodies
    • local authorities
  • academy trusts

It explains:

what apprenticeships are

    • how schools can use apprenticeships

Click here to download the guidance document.