The Apprenticeship Levy

This will affect employers in all sectors. The levy will only be paid on annual paybills (paye) in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it. If your company is part of a group of UK based companies and the total payroll is under £3 million, you will not be a levy paying company.

The Apprenticeship Levy is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. In England, control of apprenticeship funding will be put in the hands of employers through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. It will was introduced in April 2017.

UK PRN Number – You will need to nominate SIGTA as your training provider. For this you will need our PRN Number which is 10005839

Your account to manage apprenticeships

Every Company needs to register and set up an account to get funding for their apprentices. You only need to register your Company once. Each new apprentice can then be added to your account so that you can obtain funding for the duration of the programme.

As part of our service we are very happy to guide you through if you need help in setting up your account.

Some links if you would like more information:

How to register to access funds

Create an employer account

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Once you have created your employer account, you will need to reserve funding for the apprenticeship programme. This only applies to smaller, non-levy paying employers.

You will be asked:

  • The Apprenticeship Standard that your apprentice will be working towards (for example Business Administrator ST0070 Level 3)
  • The month that your apprentice will be starting work
  • The Training Provider you will be working with (SIGTA Ltd and our PRN Number is 10005839 if this is required)

Click on the button below for more information on reserving funding. There is a short video explaining things too.

How to reserve funding

Once funding is reserved you should see a message like this:

This is the URL required by an employer to access their Apprenticeship Service account:

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