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Government Levy and funding – what you need to know

Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity.  The Government has undertaken a number of funding reforms to support an increase in the quality and quantity of apprenticeships so that more individuals have the chance to pursue a successful career.

The start date for the new apprenticeship funding system will be 1 May 2017.  Any apprenticeships started from this date will be funded according to the new rules.  This will apply to all employers, both those paying the levy and those who do not.

From 6 April 2017 as an employer, you’ll have to pay Apprenticeship Levy each month if you:

  • have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million
  • are connected to other companies or charities for Employment Allowance which in total have an annual pay bill of more than £3 million

The vast majority of employers will not be eligible to pay the levy and these employers will continue to benefit from generous government support to pay for apprenticeship training.

Visit the Government website for the latest information on the Apprenticeship Levy and funding.

For further advice on Apprenticeships E apprenticeship@cicm.com or T 01780 722 909.