This page contains a variety of resources about Apprenticeship Funding. Find out more below about the Levy Transfer, how the Levy works and Funding Rules.
Funding and Levy
Did you know that if you’re not a levy-paying organisation you can receive funds from one that is? Or if you are, that you can transfer some of your funds to help others?
Transfer funds can pay for the costs of training and assessment and can be accessed quickly and efficiently with the support from HEE. Those making a transfer support other employers in their local health and social care systems and support the skills base within the wider economy.
We have recently added some additional resources to the Levy transfer section of the toolkit. These include:
- A recording of a webinar given by HEE staff on the whole process
- Updated FAQs
- EOI forms for receiving and transferring organisations
- 25% Levy Transfer Procurement and Contracting Guidance
- NHS 25% levy transfer process guide
- Receiving Employer Guidance
- NHS Employers Apprenticeship levy transfer
For further support, speak to your regional apprenticeship relationship manager.
- Funding Rules
Apprenticeships are funded either via the levy (for employers with a payroll of over £3million) or via co-investment for smaller employers. Each standard is assigned one of 30 Funding Bands which range from £1,500 to £27,000. You can read full details about how funding works on the Education and Skills Funding Agency pages here.
NHS Employers has some excellent resources available, including how to use the levy, how to access the Digital Account Service, how to transfer funds and more.
All funding enquiries must be directed to email@example.com
Reserve Apprenticeship Funding
As a smaller employer, who does not pay the apprenticeship levy, you can reserve funds in the ‘finance’ section of your apprenticeship service account. You can also give your training provider permission to reserve them on your behalf.
The Department for Education produces regular statistics on apprenticeships and the levy.
- Department For Education Levy Statistics
Non-Levy employer apprenticeship funding
For non-levied employers, such as most Primary Care providers, both the employer and the government pay the training provider for apprenticeship training – 5% from the employer and 95% from the Government from April 2019.
All apprenticeships that started before 1 April 2019 will continue at the previous co-investment rate of 10%.
Providers without a non-levy contract can continue to provide training directly to levy-paying employers and to non-levy payers if the employer is receiving transferred funds or they are providing training as a sub-contractor.
Non-levy paying employers receiving transfers from larger levy paying employers, can use these transferred funds to cover 100% of apprenticeship costs.
NHS employers are advised to use a formal procurement process to ensure compliance with NHS Procurement Rules. Health Education England have designed a toolkit to help you navigate the procurement process.
- Government Change for employers who don’t pay the levy
As employers you select which training provider you want to use to train your apprentices from the Register. It is your chance to select the right provider, someone you feel you can work with and who can meet your requirements. Sometimes this may mean moving away from selecting providers you have used in the past and forging new partnerships. The government are very keen for you to feel empowered to spend your apprenticeship funds effectively so that you get the right training, when you need it, delivered in a way that fits with your priorities.
Employers can find apprenticeship training providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. All providers who want to deliver apprenticeship training must be on the Register and employers must choose a provider from the Register.
Providers must meet a clear set of criteria in order to be included on the Register – financial health, capacity/capability, and quality. If a provider does not meet these criteria they will not be included on the Register.
- Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
- Health Education England Procurement toolkit
- NHS Employers article What apprenticeships are and how to use them