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Making sense of the Apprenticeship Levy

Are you an Apprenticeship Levy Payer?

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over £3 million a year, you must pay the apprenticeship levy. You will report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process. In England, the government will top up the employers’ levy with an extra 10%, paid directly to the employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

What about non-levy-paying employers?

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million a year do not pay the levy. The government will pay the apprenticeship training and assessment costs for non-levy-paying employers. Employers will only need to contribute 10% cash towards the cost, which they will pay directly to the provider. The government will cover the rest (up to the maximum agreed funding band).

What Leicester College will do to help you?

The College has a dedicated apprenticeship levy support service for employers. The service allows for employers to focus on maximising their return on investment from the levy.

The Colleges Levy Co-ordination Solution Service offers:

  • Free consultation and support.
  • Support your internal teams to enable them to effectively manage and plan the process.
  • Co-ordination of apprenticeship training.
  • Management of delivering the GCSEs/functional skills requirements of the apprenticeship.
  • Management of the end-point assessment*.
  • Advice on complying with government rules.
  • An e-portfolio/online study platform for apprentices.
  • A stand at jobs/apprenticeship fairs at the College.

For Levy Payers:

  • Up-skilling existing staff
  • Dedicated account manager
  • Information and advice on DAS* system


*Trainer assessor – Staff from the College who will help train and assess your apprentice.

*End-point assessment – a final assessment the apprentice needs to complete.

*DAS System – This is a digital account that you use to pay.