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Apprenticeship Levy Guide

Announced in the 2015 Summer Budget, in April 2017 the waythe government funds Apprenticeships in England will change.Employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million peryear will be will be required to contribute to a new ApprenticeshipLevy. The Apprenticeship Levy will be introduced to assist with thepledge to create 3 million new Apprenticeships by 2020. The levyis a means to fund the new Apprenticeships pledged; the overhaul of funding and a review of new Apprenticeship standards puts employers in the driving seat.

So what is the Levy?
The Levy will apply to all employers in the UK across every industry, even public sector bodies. The Levy is a tax of 0.5% of the employers’ total wage bill and it will be paid through PAYE. Every single employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offsetagainst their levy payments. The levy is only paid by employers where the wage bill is in excess of £3 million, which only equates to 2% of UK employers.

Key Facts for Levy Payers
The Levy will take effect from April 2017.

The Levy paid on employers’ total wage bill in excessof £3m (2% of UK employers).

The Levy will be 0.5% tax of wage bill paid through PAYE.

Levy paying employers will benefit from a 10% top upof their levy funds each month.

Public sector bodies will also have the Levy applied, and an additional target to ensure that 2.3% of its workforce is comprised of Apprenticeships.

The Levy payments will be managed by the DigitalApprenticeship Service.

An allowance of £15,000 will be granted to offset against employers’ levy payments.

Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salaryof £20,000.
Pay bill: 250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000
Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
Allowance: £25,000 - £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment
Government top up: £25000 + 10% = £27,500 total available to spend on training

Spending the Levy Funds
• Employers who pay the Levy and provide Apprenticeships will be able to allocate their Levy contributions through the Digital Apprenticeship Service to use to train their Apprentices.
• Digital Apprenticeship Service funds will cover Apprenticeship training, assessment and certification with registered providersonly. It will not cover wages or other costs.
You will not be able to use the Levy to fund other professional training courses or programmes. Employers will have 18 monthsto spend their levy funding (contributions and any governmenttop-ups, if eligible).
• From 2018 Levy payers will be allowed to transfer upto 10% of their annual Levy fund value to other employerson the digital apprenticeship system e.g. supply chain.

Key Facts for Non-Levy Payers
Firms with pay bills under £3m, and therefore not contributing to the Levy, will not have access to the levy fund.

However those firms not paying the levy will be able to access government support for Apprenticeships.

The government propose a co-investment rate for Apprenticeship funding.

Non Levy paying employers will be required to pay 10% of the training costs with government paying the remaining 90%.

Small employers (less than 50 employees) may be exemptfrom paying for Apprenticeship training where the Apprenticeis aged 16-18, is a 19-24 year old care leaver or is 19-24 yearsof age and has a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

Non Levy payers may also receive a further incentive of £1000for training Apprentices aged 16-18, 19-24 year old care leaversor 19-24 years of age and have a Local Authority Education,Health and Care plan.

Employer of 100 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000.

Pay bill: 100 x £20,000 = £2,000,000

Levy sum: 0.5% x £2,000,000 = £10,000

Allowance: £10,000 - £15,00

How Can We Help?
West Lancashire College is keen to consult with you toensure you have all the information available to you to makethe Apprenticeship funding reform as simple and straightforwardas possible – ensuring you get the most from it.

Our team of Employer Engagement Consultants offer a freeservice for all businesses – those paying the Levy, and those that are not. We conduct an Organisational Needs Analysis where we get to understand your business and identify where you may have recruitment and training needs, and how best to spend the Levy – whether for new Apprentice recruits or existing staff trainingfor workforce development.

To find out more call 01695 52300 or email wlcapprenticeships@westlancs.ac.uk

or CLICK HERE for information from the Department for Education - Apprenticeship Funding : how it will work.

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