About the Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy is a government initiative that has created long-term, sustainable funding for apprenticeships, as well as creating more opportunities for learning for employees in England.

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How the Apprenticeship Levy Works

The UK apprenticeship levy allows employers in England to access high quality learning and development opportunities for their employees.

As a provider, we are able to offer practical, relevant education, backed by rigorous academic research and taught by practitioner faculty who are well respected in their field.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who pays into the apprenticeship levy?

Every business in England with an annual salary bill of £3million or more pays into the apprenticeship levy. The current rate is 0.5% of their total pay bill.

Who can access the apprenticeship levy?

Every employer in England can access the apprenticeship levy, whether they pay into it or not.

Employers who do not pay into the levy can still access the funds. They will be asked to make a small contribution to the cost of the training. The employer pays 5% directly to their chosen training provider, and the government will pay 95%.

Who can receive funding?

The apprentice must be an employee with a contract of service with the employer (or connected company, charity) which is long enough to complete the apprenticeship successfully (including the end-point assessment), this does not include individuals who are self-employed.

  • Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and as a minimum at least be paid a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and when studying English and maths
  • Have the right to work in England
  • Spend at least 50% of their working hours in England.

See Employer funding rules for further information

How can I access the levy fund?

Employers who pay into the levy will be provided with a Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) account. In this account you will be able to view your balance, review your spend and plan your apprenticeship training for your employees.

What is 20% off the job training?

20% off the job training is a legal requirement of all apprenticeships.

This is training that supports the apprentice in achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the relevant apprenticeship standard. It must take place during the employees contracted, paid working hours (not overtime).

How do apprentices record their learning and 20% off the job training?

At Hult Ashridge we use a platform called Pebble Pad, that both the apprentice and their line manager can access. The 20% off-the-job training can be recorded here, alongside feedback from the line manager and notes from meetings or projects relevant to the apprenticeship.

What is 80% on the job training?

As apprentices are in full-time employment, most of their training takes place in the workplace. The 80% on the job covers the job specific tasks that the apprentice would complete during their regular working hours

Do apprentices need to provide evidence of achievement in Level 2 English and Maths?

Yes. The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Funding Rules require all applicants who wish to undertake a Level 3 or above apprenticeship to hold or to achieve an approved Level 2 in English and Maths before they can successfully complete an apprenticeship. This is a statutory requirement. You can download our Q&A for more detail on this requirement.

Useful Resources

Managing apprenticeships can be complicated, but our dedicated support team is here to help you and your apprentices every step of the way. We hope that you find these resources helpful.

Glossary of Terms

Understand all of the apprenticeship terminology.

Safeguarding Policy

The safety of our apprentices is our top priority. Read how we keep apprentices safe.

Apprentice Guide

Download our guide to apprenticeships - aimed at apprentices and line managers.

Employer Guide

Download our guide to apprenticeships - aimed at employers and apprenticeship leads.

Complaints Policy

View our Complaints Policy

Our Apprenticeships

Hult Ashridge Qualifications and Apprenticeships is a provider on the Register of Approved Training Providers, (RoATP), eligible to deliver apprenticeships.

We offer apprenticeship programmes ranging from Level 4 to Level 7

Level 4

Associate Project Manager

An apprenticeship designed for those with project management responsibilities. Accredited to IPMA Level D

Level 5

Operations/ Departmental Manager

An apprenticeship designed for functional/team managers needing to expand their leadership and management skills.

Level 6

Chartered Manager (Degree)

A Level 6 apprenticeship for high potential employees wanting to develop foundations in business & management and achieve a Bachelor's degree.

Level 6

Project Manager (Integrated Degree)

An upcoming apprenticeship for employees wishing to further their project management knowledge and skills and achieve a Bachelor's degree.

Level 7

Senior Leader Apprenticeship

Our most popular apprenticeship programme for high potential senior leaders - including pathways to Master's and MBA.

Level 7

Senior People Professional

A new apprenticeship focused on HR professionals who would like to improve their people and talent management skills. Accredited by CIPD.

Contact Us

Request a call back from a member of our experienced apprenticeships team. Or, you can call us on +44 (0)20 3936 1185

Skills Scan

The Skills Scan is a vital part of the apprenticeship application process for apprentices and line managers.