How Its Funded

Apprenticeship Service and it can only be used for apprenticeship training and development in their own organisation. If they don’t use the levy funds within two years then it goes back to the Government. If they use all their levy and want to train more apprentices, they’ll pay for them using the same model as an SME. The levy is collected by HMRC via the PAYE process. There is a £15,000 allowance and the Government will top-up monthly funds for apprenticeship training by 10%. No employer is exempt.

For example:
Employer with a pay bill of £50,000,000
Levy sum: 0.5% x £50,000,000 = £250,000
Allowance: £250,000 – £15,000 = £235,000
 After 10% top-up = £235,000 + £23,500 = £270,500 levy funds available to spend 

Employers control where they spend their apprenticeship funding. The providers will get that money through their monthly Individualised Learner Record (ILR) return.

Non-levy paying (micro-businesses and SMEs)

SMEs with a pay bill under £3million contribute 10% of the total apprenticeship cost and the Government pays the remaining 90%. The same model is used for levy-paying employers who have exhausted their funds. 

The Government will fund 100% of the cost of apprenticeship training for a 16-18 year old for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Funding an apprenticeship for non levy employers

As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.

The government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

If your apprentice started before 1 April 2019, you pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice and the government pays the rest. This rate continues until your apprentice completes their training.

You will need to create an apprenticeship service account to reserve apprenticeship funding. For further information visit our help article or watch our video.

Funding an apprenticeship for levy payers

As an employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million, you’re required to pay the apprenticeship levy. You can manage funds using the apprenticeship service and spend it on training and assessing your apprentices.

The government will apply a 10% top up to the funds you have in your account.

If you don’t have enough funds, you just pay 5% of the outstanding balance and the government will pay the rest. This is up to the funding band maximum allocated to each specific apprenticeship.

For apprentices that started before 1 April 2019, you need to contribute 10%.

If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

If you don’t already have an account, find out how to set up an apprenticeship service account as an employer.

How we can help?

  • We’ll explain how the new legislation impacts your specific business so you can make informed choices about your workforce development and invest your levy payments wisely.
  • We’ll make the process easy and simple to understand.
  • We’ll recommend training that is right just for you, choosing from a wide selection of options that fit with your organisation’s ethos, challenges and ambitions for the future.
  • We’ll explain how the new legislation impacts your specific business so you can make informed choices about your workforce development and invest your levy payments wisely.
  • We’ll recommend training that is right just for you, choosing from a wide selection of options that fit with your organisations’ ethos, challenges and ambitions for the future.

Why work with us?

  • Our team of friendly and experienced experts offer a personalised service with a dedicated account manager to guide you through from start to finish.
  • For over 10 years we’ve been a trusted training partner of some of the region’s most successful businesses, ensuring value for money and delivering measurable results

Benefits To Your Business

Transform your Workforce with Apprenticeships

As an employer, your most valuable asset is a highly motivated and well-trained workforce.

Apprenticeships for new and existing employers We are an established apprenticeship and work-based training provider with the expertise and tools to support employers of all shapes and sizes. We offer apprenticeships to cover a wide range of sectors and job roles – you’re sure to find suitable training to both recruit new talent and upskill your existing team members. Our services can help you invest in the right training and development for existing and new staff, creating a highly motivated and well-trained workforce.

 

What are the benefits of apprenticeships for employers?

  • Build key skills and bridge the skills gap in your business
  • Support career progression and improve staff retention
  • Create future leaders for your business
  • Future proof your business with up to date training
  • Improve productivity across your organisation
  • Train new talent in skills unique to your business
  • Improve your reputation with employees and customers
  • Reduce financial burden of recruitment and training with government funding incentives

Apprenticeships: Key Facts for Employers

  • Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their working hours on training and development
  • Apprentices are entitled to the same benefits your other employees receive in their employment contracts
  • If you pay less than £3M in wages every year, you will be eligible for 95%-100% funding for the apprenticeship training costs
  • Apprentices must work 30 – 40 hours per week*
  • If your apprentice works less than 30 hours per week, the duration of their apprenticeship must be extended appropriately

How can we help you?

  • Our Levy Experts can support in making your Levy work for you
  • Our expert staff can help to explain Apprenticeship Funding
  • We can Upskill your existing staff
  • Our recruitment specialists can help you to Recruit an Apprentice

Eligibility

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

For an apprenticeship to be eligible for funding the individual must:

  • be either a new job role or an existing job role, where the individual needs significant new knowledge and skills to be occupationally competent;
  • be a job that allows the apprentice to gain wider employment experience as part of the apprenticeship;
  • allow the apprentice to spend at least 20% of their paid hours on off-the-job training over the planned duration of the apprenticeship (i.e. up until the gateway for the end-point assessment).

Each apprentice must be:

  • not enrolled on another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as any new apprenticeship they start;
  • not be asked to contribute financially to the cost of learning or assessment;
  • not use a student loan to pay for their apprenticeship;
  • have the right to work in England and spend at least 50% of their working hours in England over the duration of the apprenticeship;
  • be in a job that allows the apprentice to gain wider employment experience as part of the apprenticeship;
  • allow the apprentice to spend at least 20% of their paid hours on off-the-job training over the planned duration of the apprenticeship (i.e. up until the gateway for the end-point assessment).

…and be one of the following:

  • a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning;
  • a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK, (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

Who can start an apprenticeship?

To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

Safety, Health & Environmental Apprenticeship

What is a Safety, Health and Environment apprenticeship?

The SHE Technician will work with the management team of the organisation to advise on the statutory health, safety and environmental requirements.

They will assist the management team in ensuring that the legal and company SHE requirements are implemented. On a daily basis the SHE Technician will assist to develop, review and check on the implementation of safe systems of work, deliver training (e.g. toolbox talks & inductions), investigate incidents, analyse data and present findings to the management team. 

You will be responsible for supporting the embedding of a safety culture by inspiring and influencing others to see the benefit of working responsibly, understanding the legal framework and showing how safety, health and environmental management can enhance operational activities.

Topics covered:

  • Identifying, evaluating and mitigating hazards
  • How a SHE management system works
  • How to plan for Safety, Health or Environmental emergencies
  • How people think and why they make decisions which can lead to risk

What qualifications will you gain?

With the core of our traditional business being Health & Safety training we have worked very closely with IOSH who are a chartered body and leading global membership organisation for safety and health professionals and mapped this Apprenticeship standard against professionally accredited Health, Safety and Environmental courses.

 This sees successful learners achieving additional globally recognised IOSH qualifications with the minimal amount of time away from work as possible.

  • Managing Safely
  • Environment for Business
  • NCFE Level 3 Safety and Health for Business

Duration: The apprenticeship will typically last 12-24 months.

Link to Professional Registration: Upon completion learners will be able to join the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) at TechIOSH level.

Links For Learners

NUS Discount Card

As a Student with APT you qualify for an NUS Apprentice extra card that can be used at hundreds of high street and online brands. Helping your hard earned cash stretch a little further. To register for your NUS Student discount Card go to https://www.apprenticeextra.co.uk/

E-portfolio access

Students have just one simple domain to remember to access their portfolio. Once logged in learners will be able to navigate through their portfolio, engage with learning and contact their tutors as well as being able to access learning materials and policies.
https://yourfile.co.uk/

IOSH registration

As a student working towards the Safety, Health and Environmental Apprenticeship you can benefit from complementary IOSH Student Membership to register for your membership go to https://iosh.com/membership/membership-categories/student-member/student-registration-form/

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