As you will be aware, as part of our apprenticeships reforms, employers are being given more control over choosing and paying for apprenticeship training. Whilst only some employers will be required to contribute to the new apprenticeship levy, there will be changes to the funding of apprenticeship training for all employers. The system also needs to be easy for employers of all sizes to navigate, choose the apprenticeship training you want to purchase and negotiate on price. We are therefore simplifying some of the complex funding arrangements that currently exist.
To deliver these changes, we am pleased to confirm that we have today published:
Proposals for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017
This document sets out our initial proposals for how apprenticeship training would be funded once the levy comes into effect next year. This includes proposed funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and standards that have been approved for delivery. The proposals are supported by a short survey seeking feedback by 5 September.
Proposals for a new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.
This documents sets out proposals on who should be able to provide apprenticeship training in England. Again, we are inviting feedback by 5 September via a separate survey
Guidance for employers thinking about becoming apprenticeship training providers.
This document will be of interest to employers who pay the levy, and may wish to act as their own training provider in the new system.
Apprenticeship funding calculator
We have produced this tool to help employers understand what levy they will pay and how they could use the new digital service to plan and fund training.
Updated guidance on the apprenticeship levy
We have also updated the existing, very popular online guidance, which gives employers a clear explanation of how they will pay the levy, manage and use their funds in the new system.
In addition to seeking feedback on these proposals, we will use the next few weeks to test them further, including how they support the Government’s emerging industrial strategy and how they ensure that individuals from all backgrounds and parts of the country have the opportunity to get on in life. We aim to publish final policy details in October.
Needless to say, we are keen to receive feedback on the proposals from Trailblazers and/or individual Trailblazer members via the above surveys.
Standards Development Team, DfE Apprenticeships Directorate
Updated: 19th August 2016