Making the most of your Apprenticeship Levy

What is the Apprenticeship Levy and what can it be used for?



In April 2017, the government introduced changes to the way businesses fund apprenticeship training to improve the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, opening up more employment opportunities to young people.

As an award-winning apprenticeship provider, Kingswood is passionate about apprenticeships and making the most of your funding, so we’ve compiled a guide to the most commonly asked questions about the Apprenticeship Levy.


What is the apprenticeship levy?

The apprenticeship levy is a tax on employers with an annual payroll bill of over £3 million at a rate of 0.5% of their monthly payroll. This tax goes into a pot which the employer then has two years to spend on the training and development of apprentices.


Apprenticeship levy calculator

Only businesses with an annual payroll of over £3 million are required to pay the levy.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency have developed an online tool to estimate how much you will pay and the funding available to you.

Apprenticeship levy calculator

How to use apprenticeship levy

The funds paid into the Apprenticeship Levy can be spent on costs associated with the training and assessment of your apprentices - whether new apprentices or existing employees.



How to access apprenticeship funding

Levy-paying employers access funding through their digital apprentice service account

Set up and manage apprenticeship training

Kingswood apprenticeship development programme

As an accredited provider, Kingswood is one of the few organisations in its sector that have the status to provide apprentice training under the terms of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and therefore comply with funding guidelines for employers. Coupled with our Adventure Activities License and our Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, this puts us at the forefront of apprentice training providers in our field.

We have developed Kick Start - an apprenticeship development programme, providing your apprenticeship with the skills needed for success through a selection of high-adrenaline, challenging and inspiring activities over one, three or five days.

Find out more about our apprenticeship development programme

Apprenticeship levy resources

More information on the apprenticeship levy can be found on these websites: