Why should I employ an Apprentice?

An apprentice can inject new ideas, energy and talent into your business and it has been proven that apprentices contribute to the competitiveness of organisations.  They are keen to learn, are highly motivated and by creating apprentice roles, you will be opening the door to innovation and adding value to your business.

Who can employ an Apprentice?

Any employer can hire an apprentice.  You need to be in a position to pay the minimum salary and to employ the apprentice for at least 30 hours per week. There are currently government grants that you may be able to access to help with these employment costs.

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Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy applies to employers across the UK.

Apprenticeships (and wider skills budget) are a devolved policy area, which means that authorities in each of the UK nations manage their own apprenticeship programmes, including how funding is spent on apprenticeship training. The digital apprenticeship service will support only the English apprenticeship system.

To calculate how much you will have to spend through the English system, UK Government will use HMRC data, which includes data about the home address of your employees.  This information will be used to work out what proportion of an employers pay bill is paid to employees living in England.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship Levy is a new tax on businesses that will be introduced from April 2017. The levy can only be spent on an approved apprenticeship at any level.

Who will pay the Levy?

Employers with an annual payroll over £3 million and operating in the UK (including private, public sector and voluntary sector organisations) will have to pay the levy.

What will be the cost for Levy payers?

0.5% of an employer’s total payroll with a £15,000 allowance to offset the overall cost. The levy will be paid to HMRC through the PAYE scheme and online tools will be available to employers through the new Digital Apprenticeship Service.

What will be the funding mechanism for Non-Levy payers?

The government estimates that 98% of employers won’t pay the levy. These employers will be expected to make a 10% contribution and the government will contribute the remaining 90% of the cost of training an apprentice.

Are there any incentives for businesses?

Small businesses employing a 16-18 apprentice will receive £1,000 payment (in 2 instalments) for taking on a 16-18 year old on an apprenticeship framework or standard, as well as 19-24 year olds who were formerly in care or who have an Education and Health Care plan.