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Apprenticeship Levy is Coming


An introduction to the apprenticeship levy

Welcome to LD Training's guide to the new apprenticeship levy.  Over the next two or three years the apprenticeship landscape will change beyond recognition. From April 2017 the levy will transform the way in which apprenticeships are funded and the basis on which businesses work with training providers, whilst so-called trailblazer reforms are already starting to change the way in which apprenticeships are designed, delivered and assessed.

We believe that these changes will make a positive difference for businesses of all sizes. The system we’re now happily waving goodbye to, was deathly complex, hard to navigate and driven by the supply-side.  Great apprenticeship programmes were a triumph over adversity, not a necessary consequence of the operating environment.  The reform programme now underway has the potential to create a much cleaner, simpler and more customer-centric offer.

We’ve also learnt, though, that the best apprenticeship programmes form part of a wider, considered approach to business engagement with emerging talent. In our experience, the programmes that work best are preceded by meaningful business engagement with young people in schools and colleges and followed by structured career development pathways.  

So whenever we talk to businesses about apprenticeships we like to do two really important things. First, we want to build our understanding of your business, your goals and challenges – so we can put ourselves in your shoes and make sure that our advice is right for your business.  Second, we encourage you to think about your engagement with emerging talent in the round – so we can make sure we do something that joins the dots and adds real value.


Apprenticeship Levy explained

What is the Apprenticeship Levy? +
Who will pay the Levy? +
How much will I have to pay? +
How will the Levy be collected? +
How will I be able access my levy? +
What happens after I have paid the levy? +
What can the levy be spent on? +
Who can I spend my levy with? +
Is there a limit on how many apprentices I can train? +
How long do I have to spend the levy? +
So what are my options? +


The apprenticeship levy is coming

Over the weeks and months between now and April 2017 Government will tell us more and more about how the levy will work in real detail. Whenever Government makes new announcements we’ll update our guide.

Though there’s lots that we don’t know yet, we do know the really key points about how much the levy will cost individual businesses, how you’ll be able to spend your levy contributions and on what.

We’d encourage you to start thinking now about how you’re going to respond to the levy. Will you simply pay the levy as a tax?  Recruit apprentices for the first time?  Expand your existing apprenticeship programme by moving into new occupational areas and business units?  Maybe you’ve already cracked it and the levy won’t make much difference to you!



Want to find out more about apprenticeships and the levy? We’d love to talk to you – you can contact us here.

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