With the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy by the Government in 2017, employers with a payroll of over £3 million are now required to contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy to fund their apprenticeships. If your business fits this category you are known as a Levy Payer.
Levy Payers, are required to set up an account on the Digital Apprenticeship Service, this account enables you to monitor your Levy contributions and also your payments to training providers for any apprenticeship training you are receiving.
Businesses not paying the Levy are known as Non Levy Payers
Non Levy Payers are eligible to receive a 95% contribution towards the cost of the apprenticeship and are currently not required to set up a Digital Apprenticeship Account.
However, from April 2021, the recruitment of all new apprentices will be required to go through the on-line digital system in order to access the funding for them, regardless of whether you are a Levy Payer or Non Levy Payer.
Details as to how this will be administered for Non Levy Payers are still being finalised at this time, but we wanted to bring this to your attention as you may receive communication from the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) about this and did not want this to come as a surprise. Once more information is released from the government, York College will be arranging information sessions to advise you as how to use the new system and will be offering support where needed. Our staff in the Business Development Unit are personally dedicated to making recruitment and funding of apprentices as simple as possible and will support you fully through the changes.
All businesses employing 16-18 year olds are eligible for a £1000 incentive payment from the government. Whichever category you fit into York College can help you develop apprenticeship programmes and provide guidance to access funding to help develop the skills you need for your workforce.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 and over, not in full-time education but who are employed for over 30 hours per week who meet the entry requirements.