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Funding an apprenticeship for non levy employers

How much it costs

As an employer that doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy, you pay just 5% towards the cost of training and assessing an apprentice.

The government will pay the rest up to the funding band maximum.

You’ll pay the training provider directly and agree on a payment schedule.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs up to the funding band maximum for apprentices aged:

  • 16 to 18

  • 19 to 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

If you exceed the funding band maximum, you’ll need to pay all the additional costs.

If your apprentice started before 1 April 2019, you pay 10% towards the cost of training and assessing your apprentice and the government pays the rest. This rate continues until your apprentice completes their training.

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

To help businesses offer new apprenticeships, employers will be able to claim an incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021.

For every apprentice that is a new employee to your business, you will get up to £2,000 if they are aged 16 to 24 and up to £1,500 if they are 25 or over.

The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is designed to support employers to find the skills they need to help recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 whilst creating new jobs.

Employers can also receive an additional payment of £1,000 if the apprentice starts the apprenticeship aged:

  • 16 to 18

  • 19 to 24 years old and has an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

Hire an apprentice who has been made redundant

You can also use a new government service to help you hire apprentices who have been made redundant.

Many of these apprentices may already have the skills and knowledge you need. Hiring a new apprentice in this way could mean you have a work-ready apprentice who can quickly add value to your business, shortening the time you’ll see a return on your investment.

It also means you are supporting an apprentice to complete their training and achieve their apprenticeship.

If you hire an apprentice that has been made redundant, you can apply for incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice.

Paying your apprentice

You’re responsible for paying your apprentice for their normal working hours and any training they do as part of the apprenticeship.

You must pay them at least the National Minimum Wage rate depending on their age and the year of apprenticeship training they’re in.

The rates from April 2020 are:

ApprenticeUnder 1919 to 2021 to 2425 and over
In 1st year£4.15£4.15£4.15£4.15
Have completed 1st year£4.15£6.45£8.20£8.72

Receiving a transfer of levy funds

Employers who pay the apprenticeship levy can choose to transfer any unused funds to another employer, using the apprenticeship service.

This would help them to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.

You can find employers who may want to transfer funds by:

  • speaking to training providers

  • working with employers in your supply chain

  • getting in touch with employers in your industry

  • working with regional partners

A levy-paying employer can transfer a maximum of 25% of their levy funds.

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