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How is an apprenticeship funded?

You will need to immediately set up your own digital apprenticeship account if you do not already have one to reserve funding for the learners you are looking to hire.

Please note, if you are a school or your payroll is managed by another service, then you may already be attached to an apprenticeship account. In which case, please contact your finance manager. 

You will then need to select Achieving for Children as the training provider using UKPRN (10047071). See the small employer guide here to setting up your Digital Service Account.

Get help with the apprenticeship service

  • Call Matthew Burke directly on: 07894 230003
  • Visit the knowledge hub
  • Search for help in the apprenticeship service at any time
  • Call 08000 150 600 or email [email protected] during their opening times 

How funding works if you do not pay the apprenticeship levy

Please note that if you are a non-levied employer (your annual wage bill is less than £3 million) then you must directly pay us 5% of the training costs, with the government paying the rest.

If you employ fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs for apprentices aged between 16 and 18 or 19 and 24 with an education, health and care plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority.

How funding works if you pay the apprenticeship levy

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to work with your:

  • Payroll department to understand how much apprenticeship levy you are due to pay each month and submit to HMRC through the PAYE process
  • Finance department for strategic decisions on how you will spend your levy funds
  • HR or training department to discuss your apprenticeship strategy

How much funding you will receive if you pay the apprenticeship levy

The amount of funding entering your account each month is calculated by:

  • The levy you declare to HMRC through the PAYE process
  • Multiplied by the proportion of your pay bill paid to your workforce who live in England
  • Plus a 10% government top-up on this amount