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Now you’re paying the apprenticeship levy, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best training possible for your organisation.

At Babington, we work with employers to design and deliver training programmes that are perfectly suited to their needs.

Whether you’re looking to take on brand new apprentices, or develop your in-house training, get in touch to find out how.

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How does the levy work?

As an employer with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million, you pay 0.5% of this towards the apprenticeship levy each month.

You have an allowance of £15,000 throughout the year, which accumulates in amounts of £1,250 each month, reducing the amount you need to pay towards the levy.

As well as the allowance, the government tops up your levy payments by 10% in your digital apprenticeship service account. So, for every £1 you pay towards the levy, this will become £1.10.

How do you use the apprenticeship levy?

You’ll use your levy funds through your government apprenticeship service account. This is where you’ll receive your allowance and make payments for training. To get started, get in touch with us and we’ll guide you through your next steps.

 

What if you want to spend more than you have in your account?

When you’d like to benefit from more apprenticeships than your account will currently fund, you’ll move onto ‘co-investment’. This is where the government funds 90% of your apprenticeship training and assessment costs, and you pay the other 10%.

What can you use the levy for?

You can use your levy funds for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices who work in England for at least 50% of the time. The levy covers your apprentice’s training and assessment within the scope of the framework or standard they’re following, and not things like wages and expenses.

 

What if you don’t need to pay the levy?

If your annual pay bill is less than £3 million and you’d like to benefit from apprenticeships in your organisation, you’ll fund this through co-investment. This is where you’ll contribute 10% to the costs of training and assessing your apprentices, and the government will fund the rest.

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