Apprenticeship Levy Countdown … 7 months to go!

Apprenticeship Levy Countdown … 7 months to go!


Uni@Work’s monthly Apprenticeship Levy update

Despite speculation that it might be delayed following the Brexit vote, the Apprenticeship Levy will come into force, as originally planned, on 6 April 2017.

And guidance delayed from July 2016 was finally issued by the government on 12 August this year, giving details of how the Levy will work.

It covers:

  • Paying the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Accessing money paid into the Levy
  • Buying apprenticeship training
  • What all employers can spend apprenticeship funding on
  • Who is eligible for training

The document also explains the principles on which apprenticeship funding will work for all employers, whether or not they are required to pay the Levy, from 1 May 2017.

The updated guidance for employers can be read here:

Give your views

Individuals and organisations have been invited to participate in a consultation on apprenticeship funding and the proposed Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). All organisations providing education and training must be on RoATP in order  to receive funding to deliver apprenticeships from May 2017. The closing date for responses is Monday 5 September.

The two consultation documents and links to the surveys can be found here:

Following the consultations, a further announcement has been scheduled for October this year, which will give information about what will happen regarding apprentices who start from May 2017.  For Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, this will include final levels of funding and government support, as well as detailed rules on funding and eligibility.

Another announcement this December will give information about further employer guidance from HMRC on how to calculate and pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

Claire Buckland, Head of Uni@Work, is the Apprenticeship Ambassador for the Coventry University Group. She is happy to respond to any queries you may have about apprenticeships and the Apprenticeship Levy. Please contact Uni@Work on 02477654960 or email