Apprenticeship Levy

In a bid to achieve three million apprenticeship starts by summer 2020, the government has changed the way apprenticeships are delivered and funded in England.

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

How we can help you

All apprenticeship standards now include behaviours as well as knowledge and skills.

The Outward Bound Trust are the behavioural development partner of choice for many of the UK’s top apprenticeship employers. If you are an employer, training organisation or FE provider and would like more information on how Outward Bound can partner with you to deliver apprenticeship standard behaviours please contact us using the form on the right.

The Outward Bound Trust:

  • We’re a main provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)
  • Our programmes are 90% fundable through the apprenticeship levy
  • Our programmes count toward 20% off the job training

Got more questions?

If you'd like more information there are lots of ways that we can help you...

Get in touch using the form on the right

Download our summary documents with more information on:

  • Apprenticeship Levy
  • Institute of Apprenticeships

Or read our answers to the most frequently asked questions about Outward Bound and the apprenticeship levy. Please note: as apprenticeships are a devolved policy these FAQ relate to England. If you are located in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland please contact us with your question. If you want more generic information about the apprenticeship levy visit

apprenticeship levy FAQs

Yes. You can use funds from your account to pay for all aspects of the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve an apprenticeship. Levy funds can be used for the training elements of an Outward Bound programme. Our programmes are residential, and the non-levy payable accommodation cost benefits from our charitable rate.

Yes. You can use Outward Bound as a subcontractor. We will work with you to deliver behavioural skills. Employers and main providers can use multiple training providers, you don’t have to just use one. Outward Bound are registered as a main provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) because we work with over 3,000 apprentices a year.

Employers can only use funds in their account to pay for training providers who are listed on the RoATP. The Outward Bound Trust are listed on the RoATP (UKPRN: 10055764).

No - although the residential aspect is critical to the learning on an Outward Bound programme, this is not fundable through the apprenticeship levy. Our accommodation costs benefit from Outward Bound's charitable rate, but these costs must be paid for by the employer or main provider. 

Yes. Off-the-job training must account for at least 20% of the apprentice’s employed time. This requirement applies to apprenticeships at all levels. Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship. 20% off-the-job training requirement is measured over the course of an apprenticeship (as opposed to over an academic year). Off-the-job training must teach new knowledge, skills and/or behaviours that will contribute to the successful achievement of an apprenticeship. Outward Bound residential programmes typically last 3-5 days and count towards this requirement. Read SFA’s policy for apprenticeship off-the-job training.

No – however level 6 (degree level) and level 7 (masters level) apprenticeships are being approved. This indicates that employers could choose to rethink their graduate programmes allowing the flexibility to use funds from your account for all early careers development.

Yes - The Outward Bound Trust are listed on the RoATP.

UKPRN: 10055764
Name: Outward Bound Corporate Limited
Start date: 13/03/2017