Registration open for online apprenticeship serviceFebruary 13, 2017
Large employers are encouraged to register for an Online Apprenticeship Service before the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on 6 April.
The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy on 6 April 2017.
The Online Apprenticeship Service is an online digital system that has been set up to support the Apprenticeship Levy. It works like a bank account, to enable employers to see payments in and out, stop or defer payments and ensure they don’t over spend their allocation.
The value of an employer’s first quarter Levy bill will be calculated this month and will show in their on-line account in March. Funds will be taken based on the April wage bill and will be available to spend in May.
The system will also enable employers to search for qualifications, identify suitable training providers to help recruit staff and deliver the training and see the costs per qualification.
The Levy will require employers, with a wage bill of over £3 million a year, to pay 0.5% of their wage bill into the Online Apprenticeship Service, to support the cost of Apprenticeship delivery.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said:
“Our funding reforms are essential to ensuring that this country works to build a highly skilled workforce for the future.
Nobody understands the skills employers need better than the employers themselves and that is why we are placing them in the driving seat, to ensure they get the talent they need to grow.
I have tried the new service myself and am impressed with how easy to use it is. All you need to do is set up an account, so I encourage employers to do it now so they can be ready for the Levy coming later in this year.”
Sue Pittock CEO Remit Training said:
“Knowing how you want to spend your Levy allocation is key to defining a strategy for 2017 and beyond.
“As a national training provider, we believe it’s our role to not only deliver quality Apprenticeships, but to guide employers on how to make the most of the planned Apprenticeship funding changes. That is why we have made it our business to understand how best the Apprenticeship Levy can be used, to the benefit of employers and Apprentices across the country.”
To register, levy-paying employers should have:
- their Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include
- the details for each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for apprenticeship training, including Companies House or charity number
The register to manage your apprenticeship funds page provides more guidance.