Government Statement confirming the Levy will go ahead

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 requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. You can benefit from this investment by training apprentices.

This guidance provides information on how the apprenticeship levy will work, from when it is introduced on 6 April 2017.

It also explains the principles that apprenticeship funding will operate on from 1 May 2017, whether you pay the levy or not.

You can find out more about the benefits apprenticeships can bring to your organisation and about the ways apprenticeships are being reformed, by contacting us here at Kipling, or on the Governments website

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Apprenticeship Levy Guidance will be published 12th August 2016

The document, outlining important details for apprenticeship providers and employers, had initially been due to be published in June then July.

Long-awaited guidance on the apprenticeship levy is finally due to be published this week – two months after it was initially expected to be released.

The guidance on how the levy will be implemented ahead of its planned introduction in April 2017 will be published on Friday. Over the past week many employers have called for the Apprenticeship Levy to be delayed

The guidance is expected to include details of provisional funding bands, which will set the maximum amount of funding that is available for each apprenticeship from April 2017, as well as the provisional level of the government towards the cost of apprenticeship training for non-levy-paying employers from next April.

Details of funding levels for 16-18 apprentices and the support available for English and maths training for apprentices, as well as eligibility rules, are also due to be included.


Skills minister Robert Halfon's responsibilities confirmed by government


Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • careers education and guidance in schools
  • apprenticeships (including arrangements for the introduction of the apprenticeships levy)
  • funding for post-16 provision (including financial support for young people and adult learners)
  • further education colleges, sixth-form colleges and local patterns of provision (including area reviews and city deals)