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.

Key updates

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.

June 2017: We are often asked if an Outward Bound programme counts towards your 20% off-the-job training target - the answer is YES! The policy is explained in detail here.

June 2017: Following Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle, Ann Milton is announced as the new minister for apprenticeships and skills.

May 2017: The Skills Funding Agency update their apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers document.

March 2017: The Outward Bound Trust have successfully entered the Skills Funding Agency’s (SFA) register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP). 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. 

Contact us for more information

Download our summary of the apprenticeship levy


Download our summary documents with more information on the:

  • Apprenticeship levy summary 
  • Institute of Apprenticeships

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

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