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Under £3 million annual wage bill

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
From April 2017 the way apprenticeships are funded was changed. Employers are split into Levy and non-Levy payers depending on the size of their annual wage bill.

Key Facts

  • Employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million will contribute to the Apprenticeship levy.
  • Employers with an annual wage bill of less than £3 million will not contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • The vast majority of employers will not contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Apprentices who began before May 1st 2017 will continue on the funding arrangement at signup for the duration of their Apprenticeship. Apprenticeship starting after this date will be set up on the new funding arrangements.
  • If an apprentice moves between levels (e.g. level 2 to level 3) the Apprenticeship will move to the new funding scheme.

Employers with 49 employees or less will contribute:

16 - 18 year olds19 - 24 year olds (if have EHC Plan or Care Leaver)All other apprentices
Employer contribution0%0%5%
Government contribution100%100%95%

 

Employers with 50+ employees will contribute:

16 - 18 year olds19 - 24 year olds (if have EHC Plan or Care Leaver)All other apprentices
Employer contribution5%5%5%
Government contribution95%95%95%

 

Employers will receive a grant of £1,000 for a 16 – 18 year old or 19 – 24 year old with EHCP or Care Leaver. This grant is paid in two halves, at 3 months and 12 months. In addition, if an Apprentice needs to study English and Maths the government will pay 100% of this.

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