Apprenticeship Levy – Frequently Asked Questions
We are working with businesses to help them understand the changes surrounding the Apprenticeship Levy.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions about the levy, how it will work and impact on businesses and apprenticeship funding in general.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 01254 54659 or emailing [email protected]
The apprenticeship levy is a key part of the Government’s apprenticeship reform agenda, first announced by former Chancellor George Osborne as part of the drive for 3 million starts in this parliament – before 2020.
The levy will be introduced in April 2017, with the first payment of the Levy in May 2017.
The levy will apply to all employers across all sectors who have a paybill in excess of £3m per year.
Monthly through Pay As You Earn (PAYE) alongside income tax and National Insurance to HMRC.
The levy will be calculated via 0.5% of an employer’s paybill (if above £3m annually)
Employers will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against payment of the levy – which means no employer with a paybill below £3m will pay any levy.
The levy can contribute to the cost of any Apprentice, Higher Apprentice or Degree Apprentice training.
It must be spent on the external apprenticeship training provided to that individual on an approved apprenticeship. It cannot be spent on anything else such as internal training or apprentice salaries.
If the member of staff is acquiring new skills and knowledge through a promotion, new role or added responsibilities, then yes this is allowed under current funding rules.
It will be based on your monthly paybill with any under or over payments managed in the same way as other PAYE payments.
There is some opportunity for employers to utilise a portion of the apprenticeship levy up to a certain level yet to be confirmed in the consultation.
Employers will choose and pay for the apprenticeship training and assessment they want through the Digital Apprenticeship Service.
Anyone paid via an employers payroll through the PAYE system is included in the paybill calculation for the level of levy contributions.
Funds will expire 24 months after being credited as vouchers
Yes, businesses can top up their account through their own contributions
Smaller companies (under a wage bill of £3million) will not have to directly pay the Apprenticeship Levy as they will receive a Levy allocation of £15,000 for the tax year. However, they will be able to attain funding alongside a contribution which will equal £1 from the employer for £9 of Government funding.
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