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Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and train your team with the skills they need to help your business succeed.


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Thousands of businesses around the country are taking on apprentices. These opportunities could:

  • grow your business and solve recruitment challenges
  • breed creativity and enthusiasm with new talent, or retain and upskill current staff
  • provide training that’s tailored to the needs and requirements of your business - learning can even be done in your workplace, minimising disruption and maximising impact


Simply call us on 01902 716100 or email info@novatraining.co.uk

  • explain what apprenticeships are, and how they could
  • work for you
  • explain your funding options



Our apprentices have been a huge asset to the company: they allow us to take control of our recruitment and grow our own talent.
- Pickford Move Management Limited

Apprentices have transformed our workplace culture with their enthusiasm, ideas and high levels of engagement.
- Yorkshire Housing

Almost two-thirds of our apprentices are still with the business a decade later.
- Mercedes Benz UK

With the current skills gap, particularly in engineering, we passionately believe that apprenticeships are essential to encourage, develop and engage as our leaders of the future.
- Highways England

As an SME, offering apprenticeships has been a key factor in our business growth.
- Gingernut Media



Our advisers will discuss the options you have and the next steps you need to take.
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Find out more about what grants and funding could be available as well as information about the pay and conditions of apprentices.

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Apprenticeship Levy

What you need to know about apprenticeship reform and the Apprenticeship Levy.

What is the apprenticeship levy?

On the 6th April 2017, the Government will introduce the apprenticeship levy, with a view to creating millions of apprenticeships across the UK. The apprenticeship levy will be applied to all employers with an annual wage bill greater than £3 million however there will be a 0.5% tax on the total pay bill, which will be paid through Pay As You Earn.


The purpose of the levy is to encourage employers to invest in apprenticeship programmes and to raise additional funds to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships.


What size of business will be subject to the levy?

The levy threshold is calculated by size of payroll. Businesses with a wage bill of more than £3 million will be required to pay a levy. This payroll threshold only applies to 2% of employers, which means only larger SMEs fall into this bracket.


How much is the levy?

The levy amount is 0.5% of a company’s payroll, and every employer gets an allowance of £15,000 to offset against the amount they owe.
That’s why it only applies to businesses with a payroll over £3m. So to explain:


A business with a payroll of £3m:
£3,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £15,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £0 (levy payable)


A business with a payroll of £6m:
£6,000,000 (payroll) x 0.5% (levy amount) = £30,000 (amount owing pre allowance) – £15,000 (levy allowance) = £15,000 (levy payable)


When will it be payable?

Businesses will be subject to the levy payment from April 2017 and it will be payable monthly.


For levy-paying employers (annual wage bill greater than £3 million)

In addition to the functions available to all employers, from May 2017 levy-paying employers will be able to access funding for apprenticeships through their digital account and:


  • negotiate and pay for apprenticeship training and assessment
  • manage their funding and apprentices, view their account balance and plan their spending
  • stop or pause payments (for example, if their apprentice stops their training, takes a break from training or the employer hasn’t received the service agreed with the provider).


To access their funding, levy-paying employers will need to set up an account on the digital apprenticeship service from January 2017 using their Government Gateway ID, PAYE scheme details and Companies House number or equivalent, which company payroll teams should have.


For non-levy paying employers (annual wage bill less than £3 million)

By 2020, all employers will be able to use the digital apprenticeship service to pay for training and assessment for apprenticeships.

Until then, non-levy paying employers will continue to negotiate and agree their apprenticeship programme with their chosen training provider.


90% of non-levy paying employers’ apprenticeship training and assessment costs in England will be paid for by the government.


The government will ask these employers to make a 10% contribution to the cost, paid directly to the provider, and the government covers the rest. This cost will be spread over the lifetime of the apprenticeship.


The government is offering additional support to organisations with fewer than 50 employees by paying 100% of training and assessment costs for their apprentices aged 16 to 18 and for those aged 19 to 24 formerly in care or with a local authority education, health and care plan.


Are all UK employers going to benefit?

Employers that do not pay the levy will still be able to access government support for apprenticeships.


Employers in England that pay the levy will be able to access the funds they have paid in via a new online portal called the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). They will also receive a 10% top-up from the Government to their total monthly contributions in England.


All employers in England have access to a new, easy-to-use digital apprenticeship service to help digital apprenticeship service to help them manage their apprenticeship programme.


Apprenticeship Levy

Through Estimate my apprenticeship funding, employers can calculate whether they will pay the levy or not, and what funds they will have to spend on apprenticeships. It also shows how much the government will contribute towards the cost of training.


Apprenticeship Levy

Find apprenticeship training gives employers easy-to-digest information on the choices available to them. Employers can search for and find an appropriate standard or framework, a quality-assured training provider, and compare one  provider with another.


Apprenticeship Levy

Through Recruit an apprentice, training providers can post vacancies for apprenticeships and traineeships on behalf of employers. This will be opened up to employers at a later date.


Apprenticeship Levy

Whether it's an existing employee who needs re-training or upskilling or you have vacant post and are considering an Apprentice, we can help.

Call our office now on 01902 716100 and speak to an apprenticeship adviser.


If you have any questions regarding the levy which remain unanswered, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01902 716100 or email info@novatraining.co.uk and we will do our utmost to answer your queries. 


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