Funding and the Levy

What is ‘The Levy?’

To fund the increase in apprenticeships, the Government introduced an apprenticeship levy in April 2017. The levy amounts to a 0.5% tax on the wage bill for employers whose salary costs are £3 million or more each year. It is expected to generate approximately £3 billion a year and levied funds can only be spent on an approved apprenticeship. Government will apply a 10% top-up to the funds you have for spending on apprenticeship training in England. They will apply the top-up monthly at the same time the funds enter your apprenticeship service account. That means for every £1 that enters your account to spend in England on apprenticeship training, you get £1.10.

Employers paying the levy are able to access their funding through the digital apprenticeship service to pay the provider of their choice. Funds will expire 24 months after they enter your apprenticeship service account unless you spend them on apprenticeship training with a training provider, such as the University of Northampton.

Employers that don’t pay the Levy

Small businesses with a pay bill of less than £3 million will have 90% of the training fees for apprentices paid on their behalf by government funding. The government will ask you to make a 10 per cent contribution to the cost of this training and government will pay the rest, up to the maximum amount of government funding available for that apprenticeship. As both you and the government make a payment, this is called ‘co-investment’.

The University of Northampton takes gold...

We have also been given the Gold Award in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating possible which places us among the elite of the UK's higher education institutions.

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