We are a government funded organisation and are on the government’s Register of Approved Training Providers; this means that we can provide our apprenticeship service to some employers at no charge.
The way in which apprenticeships are funded changed significantly in April 2017; large UK employers now pay a mandatory apprenticeship levy to HMRC through the PAYE system.
The headline figures
If you employ 49 staff or less and your annual paybill is less than £3M (unless you manage a hedge fund it probably should be!) the government will fund 100% of your apprentices training and assessment in England. Additionally, if you employ an apprentice who is under the age of 19 when they start their apprenticeship programme** you may also qualify for a £1,000 payment from the government paid to you through us, your training provider. So, £1,000 to you, and your apprentice trained and assessed by us free of charge. We also provide many other services to you free of charge if your apprentice is trained by us, including a full apprentice recruitment service.
If you employ more than 49 staff or operate in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, then you should read on (or call us).