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The Apprenticeship Levy is a government initiative that was originally announced in the 2015 Summer Budget.

The government proposes to apply the Levy to large employers across all industries, throughout the country. The Apprenticeship Levy is being introduced as part of the government’s plan to help fund 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020.

Supporting apprenticeships

As a major commitment to increasing both the quality and the quantity of apprenticeships in England, the government is putting control in the hands of employers around the country.

If your business has an annual payroll of £3 million or less, you will not pay the levy but the government will still be supporting apprenticeships in your business. Contact our team and we will show you how you can get that support.

About the Levy

The Levy Payment

The levy will be applied to all industries in the UK and will first come into effect in April 2017 at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill and will be paid through PAYE. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. The levy payment will only be paid by employers who have an annual payroll of more than £3 million, which represents only 2% of UK employers.

Digital Vouchers

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy and provide apprenticeships will be able to draw down their levy pot contributions as digital vouchers to use to train their apprentices. This voucher system only applies for employers in England. Employers will be allowed to spend their digital vouchers within a period of 24 months. All employers will also receive a 10% ‘top-up’ payment.

KEY FACTS

How the Levy Will Affect Your Business

1. The National Apprenticeship Programme is being expanded from April 2017 through the Apprenticeship Levy.

2. The levy will apply to all large organisations with an annual payroll of over £3million, regardless of whether they already employ apprentices or not.

3. It will be payable by employers in the UK at the rate of 0.5% of the payroll cost through PAYE alongside Income Tax and National Insurance.

4. All employers will be supported by the government with regards to the apprenticeship training.

5. Public sector organisations will be required to make sure that 2.3% of their workforce are apprentices at any one time.

The Focus Training Group can provide flexible training programmes that are developed primarily in the workplace. This will enable you to fully develop your staff in a way that helps your business improve efficiency, profitability and productivity.

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