Apprenticeships are a great way for schools to improve the skills base of employees, from teaching staff to business and support staff.
Schools who pay the levy can use funds to pay for training and assessment costs for apprentices.
Apprenticeships combine work with practical, on and off-the-job training and study.
An apprentice is employed, working alongside a mentor to gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed to be fully competent in their chosen occupation.
Anyone can become an apprentice at any age and benefit from government funding to support their apprenticeship. This applies whether they’re already employed in your school or not, and whether they are employed full or part-time.
Your apprentice must:
All apprenticeships must include 20% off-the-job training to reinforce practical, work-based learning with theory. It’s training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s regular working hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. Contact us to find out more about what this entails and how it is implemented.
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In April 2017, the government changed the way it funds apprenticeships in England. Some employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy.
Schools with an annual pay bill of £3million pay the levy. Non-levy paying schools can utilise a rate of co-investment whereby the government pays 95% of the cost of eligible training.
If the employer of the staff in your school is a local authority, a governing body which controls more than one school, or a multi-academy trust (MAT) with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million, you may contribute to the levy through them. The annual levy allowance of £15,000 applies to the overall employer.
Employers who pay the levy can use funds to pay for training and assessment costs for apprentices only.
Funds in an apprenticeship service account will expire 24 months after they enter it if unspent. Funds expire on a month-by-month basis.
Voluntary-Aided and Foundation Schools: The governing body is the employer. If the governing body’s pay bill is more than £3 million then it will need to pay the levy.
Community and Voluntary-Controlled Schools: The local authority is the employer, and so is responsible for payment of the apprenticeship levy for schools under their control. Each local authority with a pay bill of over £3 million will pay the levy.
The local authority will advise its schools on whether they need to take account of the apprenticeship levy in their annual budgets. Schools should consider how to make use of the local authority’s levy funds. Local authorities, as the legal employers of staff in community and voluntary-controlled schools, have responsibility for making the necessary arrangements to provide schools with access to the relevant funds. It is in the best interests of schools and local authorities that this process is set out clearly between a local authority and their schools, so that levy funding is managed as effectively as possible. The Local Government Association is working with the Department for Education and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to support this process and share best practice. Contact your local authority to find out about accessing levy funds.
Academies incl. Free Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts: The trust is generally the employer of all the academies’ staff. If the trust’s pay bill is more than £3 million then it will need to pay the levy.
If a school becomes a voluntary-aided school, foundation school, free school or academy part of the way through a tax year, the academy’s governing body or trust will be responsible for the apprenticeship levy from this point.
Some school employers (particularly local authorities and multi-academy trusts) may use a pooled PAYE scheme, which is where multiple employers use a single PAYE scheme to report PAYE information to HMRC.
Need help and advice? Contact Adam Docherty, Schools Business Manager on 07718 485875 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Total Negotiated Price
The total price agreed between the employer and provider as the cost to the provider for delivery of the apprenticeship programme, to calculate government funding for apprenticeship programmes and to monitor apprenticeship programme costs.
In the March 2021 Budget, the Government announced further employer incentives for apprenticeships in recognition of the value they bring to the economy until September 2021.
Therefore an employer can claim a total of £4,000 per apprentice.
Until 31 July 2021 employers can also receive £1,000 for each new trainee taken on, therefore an employer progressing a trainee into an apprenticeship can receive up to £5,000 for one new employee. Please view our traineeship page to find out more.
Please contact us if you have any queries about the incentive payments or how to register.
Tried and tested way to recruit new staff that is cost-effective
Retrain and upskill existing staff, or fill a skills gap
Apprenticeships cover a wide variety of roles, not just teaching
Current employees build skills in mentoring, training and management
Create a learning culture to build knowledge, competence and skills in your current workforce
paid into the levy pot by schools since its launch in 2017.
Source: Schools Week
to spend the apprenticeship levy
of employers believe hiring apprentices leads to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
Source: National Apprenticeship Service
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