Following the information vacuum that came after the Brexit vote, additional updates on the apprenticeship reforms have slowly been released by the government.

With April 2017 now looming closer, we thought it would be beneficial to provide you with the very latest on the reforms, with a focus on the levy and how it will affect you.

If you’re a levy-paying employer:

  1. Single employers, with multiple PAYE schemes, will only have one allowance
  2. Funds will expire after 18 months and cannot be transferred, but this is being reconsidered for 2018
  3. Funds will be paid directly from your levy account to your chosen training provider on a monthly basis
  4. The levy will be 0.5% of your wage bill paid via PAYE (a £15,000 allowance will be available for each employer to offset against their levy payment)
  5. A Digital Apprenticeship System account (DAS) will be mobilised to manage funding

You can estimate the funding available to you by visiting the government’s Digital Apprenticeship System calculator athttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-levy-how-it-will-work

If you are a non-levy bearing employer:

  1. You will pay a contribution towards the training directly to the provider
  2. If you have less than 50 employees, you will not have to contribute towards the costs of training a 16-18 year old apprentice
  3. For any other apprentices, the government will pay 90% (up to a maximum value) with a 10% employer contribution coming from you
  4. For new apprentices who are aged 16-18 there may be a £1,000 employer incentive available to help you with the cost of recruiting and supporting your apprentice
  5. The cost of apprenticeship training is negotiated between you and your chosen training provider

If you would like more information on the levy or would like to speak to us about how you can make the most of the levy, call us on 01782 478378 or email enquiries@stepstones-uk.com

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