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What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

Who is eligible to pay the Levy?

Both public and private UK employers with a payroll bill of over £3 million a year will need to pay the Levy.

How much is the Levy?

It’s set at a rate of 0.5% of the total payroll, and is collected monthly via PAYE.

What can Levy funds be spent on?

Levy funds can only be used towards the cost of Apprenticeship training and End-Point Assessment with an approved training provider. It can't be used towards an apprentice's wages or wider training programme.

How can employers spend their Levy?

Levy funds collected by HMRC are found in your 'Digital Apprenticeship Service' (DAS) account. Since January 2017, you can register to create your account. Employers can direct the funds held in these accounts to 'approved training providers', like Kaplan, to pay for their Apprenticeship training.

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How long do employers have to spend their Levy?

Levy funds will expire 24 months after they enter your digital account, unless you spend them on Apprenticeship training.

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What happens if an employer's Levy funds don't cover the cost of the training?

If you don't pay the Levy, or your funds don't cover the full cost of the Apprenticeship, you pay 5% of the training cost , and the government will cover the remaining 95%.

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