Apprenticeship Reform/Levy
Frequently Asked Questions

BPIF Apprenticeships

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: WHAT KIND OF THINGS WILL THE APPRENTICESHIP LEVY ALLOW BUSINESSES TO DO WITH FUNDING?

A: The money can ONLY be spent on apprenticeships. 

 

Q: CAN BUSINESSES CHOOSE THEIR OWN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING PROVIDERS?

A: Yes they can. As long as the training provider is on the government's RoATP (Register of Approved Training Providers).

 

Q: IF A COMPANY IS NOT A LEVY PAYER WILL THEY HAVE TO PAY A CONTRIBUTION FOR TRAINING?

A: Yes they will. Non-levy paying companies will pay 10% of the training fee and government will pay the remaining 90%.

 

Q: DOES THE LEVY ONLY APPLY TO COMPANIES IN ENGLAND?

A: No - the Apprenticeship Levy applies to all businesses in the UK. However, the new funding rules only apply in England. 

 

Q: Currently 16-18 year old learners are fully funded by the government, will this remain under the Levy?

A: Only firms with <50 employees employing a 16-18 year old will receive full funding. There is a £1000 incentive payment for all employing 16-18yr olds.

 

Q: When can Levy payers start taking on new apprentices?

A: Apprentices can be signed up under the new funding rules from 1 May 2017.  

 

Q: What is the difference between a framework and a standard?

A: Standards are new apprenticeship programmes defined under the government's trailblazer programme. The key differences between old style frameworks and new style standards are as follows:

Frameworks

Standards

Defined by sector skills council

Defined by employers

Continuous on programme assessment

Independent end point assessment

Not graded

Graded

Regulated qualifications (VRQ or Tech Cert and NVQ) are mandatory components

May not contain any regulated qualifications

 

Q: I am a levy paying employer. What happens when I have spent all of my money in my digital account?

A: Your training provider should invoice you for 10% of the outstanding balance and the government will pay the balance.

 

Q: How do I find out what the maximum amounts for each apprenticeship are that the government will allow funds to be paid from my digital account if I am a levy paying employer?

A: The funding bands for frameworks and standards are at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands

 

Q: How do I find out what the maximum amounts for each apprenticeship are that the government will co-fund if I am a non-levy paying employer?

A: The funding bands for frameworks and standards are at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apprenticeship-funding-bands

 

Q: Can someone who has a degree qualification be funded on an apprenticeship?

A: Under the new funding rules anyone can undertake an apprenticeship at the same or a lower level as a previously held qualification as long as you can demonstrate that there is significant new learning e.g. someone who has an honours degree (level 6) in geography could undertake a Level 3 Machine Printing Apprenticeship as there would be significant new learning.

 

Q: What is the maximum age that you can be to start an apprenticeship?

A: There is no upper age limit for an apprentice.

 

Q: Does an apprentice have to be a new recruit to my business?

A: No, it can be an existing member of staff that you want to upskill.


 

For more information please contact:
Ceri Priddle
Ceri Priddle
Senior Administrator
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