BREXIT: Update on the Apprenticeship Levy

June 28 2016

At a conference hosted by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills confirmed that the Apprenticeship Levy will go ahead, following a similar timetable as before. The announcement on funding rates for non-levy paying employers, expected this week, will now however be delayed, but is expected before parliamentary recess on 21st July.

A quick reminder of the full timetable:

  • By July 21st: BIS/DfE publish provisional funding rates for different elements of the new funding regime
  • By Autumn 2016: BIS/DfE publish confirmed funding rates for April 2017, SFA publish provisional funding rules
  • By the end of 2016: SFA publish confirmed funding rules, Full set of confirmed funding guidelines published, Digital apprenticeship service registration opens
  • By April 2017: Apprenticeship Levy operational, digital apprenticeship service operational, New funding model live, Institute for Apprenticeships in place 
In this turbulent week, we also held our first Youth Employment Seminar focused on the Apprenticeship Levy. We heard from expert speakers, Sue Husband, Skills Funding Agency, Andy Smyth, City & Guilds Trustee, Industry Skills Board, and TUI Group, Sandra Kelly, Head of Education at Whitbread and Deborah Astles, HR Director, Corporate Responsibility & Policy, Unipart Groupon how businesses can create accessible and quality apprenticeships in the context of the new system
For a full summary of the speakers' contributions and latest details from Sue Husband, see our live blog from the event.