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, we have increased incentive payments for employers hiring a new apprentice from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
Employers can apply for a payment of £3000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.
They must have an apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.
The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:
- aged 16 to 18 years old
- under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who 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:
|Apprentice||Under 19||19 to 20||21 to 24||25 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.