Apprenticeship Levy

In a bid to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by summer 2020, the government has changed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England.

From April 2017 all employers with a pay bill of over £3 million a year will pay 0.5% of that as an apprenticeship levy. These levy payments are protected for the provision of apprenticeship training.

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apprenticeship levy FAQs
Can I use my apprenticeship levy to pay for behaviour development?

Yes. You can use funds from your account to pay for all aspects of the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve an apprenticeship. Levy funds can be used for the training elements of an Outward Bound programme. Our programmes are residential, and the non-levy payable accommodation cost benefits from our charitable rate.

Can I use Outward Bound as a subcontractor?

Yes. You can use Outward Bound as a subcontractor. We will work with you to deliver behavioural skills. Employers and main providers can use multiple training providers, you don’t have to just use one. Outward Bound are registered as a main provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) because we work with over 3,000 apprentices a year.

Employers can only use funds in their account to pay for training providers who are listed on the RoATP. The Outward Bound Trust are listed on the RoATP (UKPRN: 10055764).

Outward Bound is residential - is accommodation covered by the levy?

No - although the residential aspect is critical to the learning on an Outward Bound programme, this is not fundable through the apprenticeship levy. Our accommodation costs benefit from Outward Bound's charitable rate, but these costs must be paid for by the employer or main provider.

Does Outward Bound count towards the 20% off-the-job training requirement?

Yes. Off-the-job training must account for at least 20% of the apprentice’s employed time. This requirement applies to apprenticeships at all levels. Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. 20% off-the-job training requirement is measured over the course of an apprenticeship (as opposed to over an academic year). Off-the-job training must teach new knowledge, skills and/or behaviours that will contribute to the successful achievement of an apprenticeship. Outward Bound residential programmes typically last 3-5 days and count towards this requirement. Read SFA’s policy for apprenticeship off-the-job training.

Can I use the levy to pay for graduate development?

No – however level 6 (degree level) and level 7 (masters level) apprenticeships are being approved. This indicates that employers could choose to rethink their graduate programmes allowing the flexibility to use funds from your account for all early careers development.

Are Outward Bound on the RoATP?

Yes - The Outward Bound Trust are listed on the RoATP.

UKPRN: 10055764
Name: Outward Bound Corporate Limited
Start date: 13/03/2017