We can help take away some of the confusion about what funding and incentives you may be eligible for. From understanding the apprenticeship levy to explaining off the job training. Read more below, or get in touch with our Business Training Solutions Team who can help you every step of the way.

£1000 Apprenticeship Incentive

Employers are entitled to £1,000 incentive payment for supporting a 16-18 year old partaking in an apprenticeship standard, as well as a 19-24 year old formerly in care or who has an Education and Health Care Plan.

Evidence of an original signed declaration by the apprentice to confirm that they are a care leaver or evidence of an EHC plan is required in order to claim this incentive.

Please get in touch with our Business Training Solutions team by calling 01922 657000 or submitting an enquiry if you would like to discuss hiring an apprentice.

 

The Apprenticeship Levy

The levy is designed to put apprenticeship funding in the hands of employers and encourage them to invest in and create apprenticeships.

  • Regardless of sector, all employers with a payroll of over £3 million per annum (around 2% of UK businesses) are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • These businesses are required to pay 0.5% of their paybill to fund the levy.
  • Once a business has started contributing to the levy, it will get access to the Apprenticeship Service; an online portal where funds can be used to recruit new talent and training.
  • The remaining 98% of UK businesses are still able to take advantage of the levy by working with training providers to create a suitable apprenticeship programme for your business.
  • Non-levy paying business will need to contribute 5% towards the cost of the required apprenticeship and the government will pay the remaining 95%.

Regardless of the size of your business, Walsall College is perfectly placed to provide you with up-to-date advice on how the Levy impacts your business and if you need to contribute.

Find out which category you fall into and what contribution you might need to make:

Payroll bill Over £3m Below £3m, above 50 employees Below £3m, under 50 employees
Your business Is a Levy payer is 'Co-funded' for Apprenticeships Training Is fully funded for Apprenticeship Training of 16-18 yr olds Or/And 19-24 yr olds care leavers, or 19-24 yr old with an education and healthcare plan is 'Co-funded' for Apprenticeship Training of people 19+
What you pay 0.5% of total payroll bill 5% of the cost of training You do not need to pay for Apprenticeship Training 5% of the cost of training

If your payroll bill exceeds £3m, your business is classed as a Levy payer and you will be required to contribute. The Levy is charged at 0.5% of your total pay bill and is deducted from your PAYE.

The government is providing an Apprenticeship Levy allowance of £15,000 for employers who are not connected to another company or charity. Connected companies or charities will have £15,000 allowance to share between them.

Example: An employer with an annual pay bill of £5 million:

Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000

Allowance: £25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual payment

One of the benefits of the scheme is that it places control of Apprenticeship Funding into the hands of the employer. This allows you to invest in your current apprentices, take on more and upskill existing staff to help secure the future of your organisation.

As long as you are offering recognised Apprenticeship Training, typically bought in from a college or independent training provider, you can take advantage of the allowance.

If you have a payroll bill of less than £3m and over 50 employees, you will be co-funded for Apprenticeship Training. The government will pay 95% of the cost of Apprenticeship Training, whilst you will need to pay the remaining 5% to the training provider. The training provider will then request the remaining 95% from the Government.

As well as taking on new apprentices, this funding can also be put towards training existing staff, if the Apprenticeship Training is relevant to their job and will assist in their career development.

For more information about the Apprenticeship Levy and how it might affect your business, visit The Apprenticeship Levy and You

Non-Levy paying companies with less than 50 employees do not need to make a contribution towards the cost of training and assessment of any apprentices aged 16-18, as the government will pay 100% of the costs. This also applies to apprentices aged 19-24 who have been in care or have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

For training that applies to anyone that is aged 19 or over, you will be required to pay 5% of the cost of training, whilst the government will pay the remaining 95%.

For more information about the Apprenticeship Levy and how it might affect your business, visit The Apprenticeship Levy and You

Discounted Travel Scheme for newly employed people including Apprentices

Workwise offers eligible newly employed applicants a discount off the full cost price on selected travel passes across the West Midlands network for the first 3 months of a new job. This includes Apprenticeships.

Tickets available over bus, train and tram. For more information about the scheme, how much discount you can get, eligibility and how to apply, visit Workwise.

Other funded training provision

Funding Table

Course Type
19-23 Years of Age
24 Years of Age +
Employed Unemployed on active benefits, JSA/ESA WRAG or
Universal Credit or wider offer undertaking skills training
Employed Unemployed on active benefits, JSA/ESA WRAG or
Universal Credit or wider offer undertaking skills training
English & Maths, Adult Basic Skills up to Level 2 FREE FREE FREE FREE
ESOL Listed fee payable FREE Listed fee payable FREE
Progression funding Entry Level/Level 1 excl. S4L without a L2 FREE FREE Listed fee payable FREE
First full level 2 FREE FREE Listed fee payable FREE
Additional full level 2 Listed fee payable FREE Listed fee payable FREE
First full level 3 or above FREE FREE Apply for Advanced Learner Loan or pay listed fee
Additional full level 3 Apply for Advanced Learner Loan or pay listed fee Apply for Advanced Learner Loan or pay listed fee Apply for Advanced Learner Loan or pay listed fee

For more information call our Business Training Solutions team on 01922 657000 or contact us here.

 

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