Apprenticeships are changing. We’re here to help.

The changes to apprenticeships are complex and not easy to understand and we wouldn’t blame you if you were feeling a little confused.

But we’re here to help.

Our team of experts can take you through the information step by step, helping you to make sense of the legislation, to understand how your business will be affected and ensure you invest your training budget in a way that is best for you.

Why not come along to one of our events to find out more? 

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The apprenticeship Levy is part of a wider plan of apprenticeship reform announced by the Government and will come into effect from April 2017. It will affect the way apprenticeship training is funded in England and is designed to increase the number of apprenticeships as a way of meeting current and future skill needs.

Apprenticehsip Levy How It Works

How we can help.

  • We’ll explain how the new legislation impacts your specific business so you can make informed choices about your workforce development and invest your levy payments wisely.
  • We’ll make the process easy and simple to understand.
  • We’ll recommend training that is right just for you, choosing from a wide selection of options that fit with your organisation’s ethos, challenges and ambitions for the future.
  • We’ll explain how the new legislation impacts your specific business so you can make informed choices about your workforce development and invest your levy payments wisely.
  • We’ll recommend training that is right just for you, choosing from a wide selection of options that fit with your organisations’ ethos, challenges and ambitions for the future.

Why work with us?

  • Our team of friendly and experienced experts offer a personalised service with a dedicated account manager to guide you through from start to finish.
  • For over 60 years we’ve been a trusted training partner of some of the region’s most successful businesses, ensuring value for money and delivering measurable results.
  • We’re rated Grade One Outstanding by Ofsted, meaning our training, advice and guidance is of a very high quality.
  • We’ve significantly invested in our training academies, making them some of the best facilities in the UK.

Apprenticeship Levy FAQ

Any UK employer, in any sector with a payroll of more than £3 million per year will need to pay the levy.

For eligible employers with a payroll of more than £3 million per year, the levy will be 0.5% of the payroll, paid through PAYE.

Funding can be used for existing staff or new apprentices.

Government will pay 90% of apprenticeship training costs for employers with a payroll of less than £3 million.

Yes. Eligible employers will need to pay the levy regardless of whether or not they engage in apprenticeship training.

You have 18 months to spend any levy contributions.

Yes. Employers are entitled to a £1000 incentive for recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 or an apprentice aged 19+ who requires additional support.

If you have a payroll of over £3 million, Government will top up your contribution with an extra 10%. If your payroll is under £3 million, Government will pay 90% of apprenticeship training costs. If you have less than 50 employees, a payroll bill of under £3 million and employ 16-18 apprentices, the Government will pay 100% of apprenticeship training costs.

Come along to one of our advice events designed for SMEs or contact our team on 0191 490 2258 or employers@gateshead.ac.uk