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Employer Funding

Employers who recruits apprentices into their business are split into two funding categories: Levy Payers and Non-Levy Payers.

Levy PayerNon-Levy Payer (Less than 49 employees)Non-Levy Payer (More than 49 employees)
  • The annual wage bill is over £3 million
  • The company pays in to the Apprenticeship Levy which is 0.5% on anything above the £3 million. Payment is to HMRC.
  • The Apprenticeship Levy can be spent on training new or existing staff on an Apprenticeship.
  • Any unspent Levy Funds are taken by HMRC 24 months after it arrives in your account.
  • You will manage your Levy Funds through a digital account
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice you will receive a £1,000 incentive
  • The wage bill is less than £3 million
  • Apprenticeship training is 100% funded by the Government for 16-18 year olds
  • For those apprentice who are 19+ you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship training. The Government will fund 95%.
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old you will receive a £1,000 incentive.
  • The wage bill is less than £3 million
  • All apprenticeship training requires a 5% contribution from the company irrespective of the apprentice’s age. The Government will fund 95%.
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old you will receive a £1,000 incentive.
Levy Payer
  • The annual wage bill is over £3 million
  • The company pays in to the Apprenticeship Levy which is 0.5% on anything above the £3 million. Payment is to HMRC.
  • The Apprenticeship Levy can be spent on training new or existing staff on an Apprenticeship.
  • Any unspent Levy Funds are taken by HMRC 24 months after it arrives in your account.
  • You will manage your Levy Funds through a digital account
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice you will receive a £1,000 incentive
Non-Levy Payer (Less than 49 employees)
  • The wage bill is less than £3 million
  • Apprenticeship training is 100% funded by the Government for 16-18 year olds
  • For those apprentice who are 19+ you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship training. The Government will fund 95%.
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old you will receive a £1,000 incentive.
Non-Levy Payer (More than 49 employees)
  • The wage bill is less than £3 million
  • All apprenticeship training requires a 5% contribution from the company irrespective of the apprentice’s age. The Government will fund 95%.
  • If you recruit a 16-18 year old you will receive a £1,000 incentive.