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What you need to know...

From April 2021 all employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy (those with payroll bill of less than £3 million) that will be taking on an apprentice/s will need to reserve funding for their apprenticeship programme/s through the Government Digital Account System (DAS) and it is through this system that the incentive payments are claimed.

Levy paying employers allocate and agree funds from their apprenticeship levy account rather than reserving funding.

On this page you will find the information you will need for setting up your account along with a video to watch which provides a step-by-step guide on setting it up.

We are here to help and if you do have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on the information provided at the bottom of the page.

The Purpose of the Digital Account System

Through your account you will be able to manage a range of services. This includes managing apprenticeship funding, advertising vacancies on Find an Apprenticeship, finding training providers that deliver your chosen apprenticeship programme and reserving funding for the provider to deliver the chosen apprenticeship.

For more information on the Government Digital Account System follow this link;


What You will Need to Do

You will first need to create an account, then add a PAYE scheme on behalf of your organisation and lastly accept the employer agreement with the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency).

The video tutorial below will guide you through setting up your account.

Information you will need

Before you begin to set your account up you will need to have a couple of pieces of information to hand.

  • An email address you have access to
  • The Government Gateway login for your organisation if your organisation has a payroll of more than £3 million per annum or your business the accounts office reference number and employer PAYE scheme reference number if your annual pay bill is less than £3 million
  • Authority to add PAYE schemes to the account
  • Authority to accept the employer agreement on behalf of your organisation
Tutorial Videos

Now that you have all the information you need to set up your account, play the videos below for detailed step-by-step guides for setting up and using this account.

Contact Us

If you are having any problems at all with your account or would like to talk through the process please contact us.

Phone – 01904 770368 Option 1
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Or you could look at the ESFA’s Youtube channel which has a variety of easy tutorials that talk you through many of the processes on the Digital Apprenticeship Service

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