Apprenticeship Levy

In the 2015 Autumn Statement, then chancellor George Osborne announced a new apprenticeship levy of 0.5% on company payrolls to raise £3bn a year and fund three million apprenticeships.

Since this announcement, information has been coming out on a weekly basis. As experts in the provision of apprenticeship behavioural skills development, The Trust have been following these changes closely. We have compiled a short document of our key findings to date.


To download our apprenticeship levy summary please complete the form on the right.

Key updates

October 2016: The government confirmed the final funding policy for England. You will find Justine Greening's ministerial statement here.

July 2016: Robert Halfon is the new minister for apprenticeships and skills following the resignation of Nick Boles on 13 July. Halfon takes this role within the expanded Department for Education, which now incorporates skills, apprenticeships and higher education.

May 2016: The Outward Bound Trust have successfully entered the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) register of training organisations. The register is a list of organisations that have passed the SFA's due diligence and capacity and capability questions and are approved to be invited to tender for education and training services under the apprenticeship levy. Funds from the levy can only be spent on approved suppliers like The Trust.

How we can help you…

All apprenticeship standards will now include behaviours, as well as knowledge and skills. If you have been tasked with planning your approach to delivering the required behavioural elements then we can help. As an award winning supplier to the apprenticeship sector, we can support you to review your early talent behavioural development strategy ready to implement with the levy in 2017. Contact us for more information.

Further resources

English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision Executive Summary

4½ reasons for using apprenticeships to tackle skills shortages

How to keep your best young talent