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Whether you are an employer looking to invest in an apprentice or an individual seeking a training course or employability skills, speak to us about finance and funding options that might be available to you.

Some options are detailed below. Our team can support you in exploring any additional funding to best suit your needs.

Funding for individualsAdvanced Learner Loans (for those aged 19 or over)

If you are aged 19 or over on the first day of your course, and you plan to study at Level 3, 4 or 5 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. This covers the cost of your qualification and is paid directly to us. It’s a great way to get a qualification that you may not have previously been able to afford.

These government loans are easy to apply for, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You begin to repay the loan through the tax system when you complete the course, provided that you earn more than the repayment threshold. Please visit www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan for more information.

More information about Advanced Learner Loans can be found at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan. For further details, including eligibility and how to apply, please contact us.

Note: Advanced Learner Loans do not cover Degrees or other forms of Higher Education such as HNCs or HNDs. For HE funding information visit www.gov.uk/studentfinance

Funding for employers

Government funding incentive for employers hiring new apprentices (available until Wednesday 31 March 2021):

This new funding incentive aims to encourage and support employers to recruit new apprentices. Employers may be awarded £2,000 for hiring new apprentices aged 16-24 years, or £1,500 for those aged 25 and older.

The funding can be obtained in addition to the existing £1,000 grant that can be obtained by employers who hire an apprentice aged 16 to 18 years, or those under 25 years who have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) or are in local authority care.

To be eligible, employers must be registered to the Apprenticeship Service system and have reserved funding before the apprentice is enrolled onto a course. All non-levy employers (with a wage bill below £3million) are required by the government to register onto this system by April 2021 in order to apply for any funding towards apprenticeships.

For more information about apprenticeships and the support available to employers, please contact us.

The Apprenticeship Levy

In 2017, the government changed the way apprenticeships were funded and introduced the Apprenticeship Levy. Although it is aimed at large businesses, all were affected by the introduction of the levy.

Levy paying businesses
All businesses with a wage bill of £3million or above are classed as levy paying businesses and will:

  • Be charged at 0.5% of their wage bill including all earnings that are subject to class 1 National Insurance contributions.
  • Be allocated a £15,000 Levy Allowance, so the business will pay 0.5% of their wage bill minus £15,000.
  • Have a 10% top-up to the fund deposited into your apprenticeship service account by the government.
  • Be offered an incentive payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice aged 16-18.
  • Pay the levy directly to HMRC through the PAYE process. Funds will be credited into the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS).
  • Since April 2018, levy-paying employers are allowed to transfer funds to other employers, through the apprenticeship service.
  • Transfers can be made to any employer, including smaller employers in their supply chain, and apprenticeship training agencies.
  • Levy-paying employers will can transfer up to 10% of the annual value of funds entering their apprenticeship service account.

Levy transfers are being introduced to give levy-paying employers more flexibility in how they spend their apprenticeship service funds. They can now be used to fund apprenticeships in another organisation. Funds will be transferred monthly for the duration of the apprenticeship. This means that levy-paying employers can work with another employer to help them take on apprentices, increasing the skills base in their supply chain, sector or local area.

Non Levy paying businesses

  • Businesses with a wage bill under £3million are classed as non-levy paying and will:
  • Receive funding from 95% to fully funded, dependent on the size of your workforce and the age of your apprentice. 
  • Be offered an incentive payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice aged 16-18. 
  • An additional employer funding incentive of up to £2,000 is available until Wednesday 31 March 2021.