Apprenticeship Levy

In a bid to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by summer 2020, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing.

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

There is a lot of information available about the apprenticeship levy. As experts in the provision of apprenticeship behavioural skills development, The Trust follow all updates closely. 


We have compiled two short documents of our key findings to date: 

  • Apprenticeship levy summary 
  • Institute of Apprenticeships summary

To download these two summaries, please complete the form on the right.

Key updates

February 2017: The Skills Funding Agency release the apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers document

January 2017: The Institute for Apprenticeships share their paper for driving the quality of apprenticeships in England. You can download our summary by completing the form on the right.

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. 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.


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. 

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