Apprenticeship Levy Explained

Everything you need to know about how employees can maximise the apprenticeship levy to benefit their staff and wider organisation.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy is a UK tax on employers which can be used to fund apprenticeship training. This presents great opportunities for employers to grow and develop their workforce.

All employers with a payroll of more than £3million per annum are required to pay an Apprenticeship Levy of 0.5% of their company payroll in order to fund apprenticeship training. Employers have an allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against their levy payment.

This levy payment is placed in a designated account (Direct Apprenticeship Service) which can then be accessed by that employer to fund apprenticeships.

Benefits of the Apprenticeship Levy for Employers

The Apprenticeship Levy allows organisations to take on an apprentice or provide existing staff with the opportunity to develop new skills and gain new qualifications to carefully meet the demands of your business.

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to fill a skills gap within your team and organisation and build an accomplished and qualified workforce.

If you would like to find out more about the Apprenticeship Levy, we have created The Ultimate Apprenticeship Levy Guide which contains everything you need to know about how to navigate the apprenticeship levy and maximise these funds to benefit your business.

Apprenticeship Levy Guide


How to maximise Levy funds

We work closely with businesses of all sizes helping to make the most of your levy contributions. We take the time to understand your business, what you value and find the right people to grow your workforce. We aim to provide training tailored to your business’ needs and empower apprentices with new skills through accredited and high quality training.

If you would like help or advice on maximising the apprenticeship levy to benefit your business, please contact us today.

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Examples of what employers will pay:

Example 1

An employer who would pay the levy

An employer with an annual pay bill of £5,000,000:

Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000

Subtracting levy allowance:

£25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

Example 2

An employer who would not have to pay the levy

An employer with an annual pay bill of £2,000,000:

Levy sum: 0.5% × £2,000,000 = £10,000

Subtracting levy allowance:

£10,000 – £15,000 = £0 annual levy payment