Want to earn and learn at the same time?
Take one of our apprenticeships and combine work-based learning with days spent in College. You’ll develop skills for work and gain an industry-recognised qualification to give you a head start in your job.
Apprenticeships are available in different levels depending on your previous qualifications and experience.
Intermediate – At Intermediate level you will pick up the fundamentals of a role and key skills to start your career. Intermediate is level 2 which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.
Advanced – At Advanced level you will learn more in-depth skills and have more responsibility in your job as well. Advanced is level 3 and equivalent to 2 A-level passes.
Higher – Higher apprenticeships are foundation degree level and higher and an excellent alternative to University. Higher apprenticeships can be level 4, 5, 6 or 7.
You can work through the levels or start at a level depending on your current experience and qualifications.
To become an apprentice you need to:
- Be legally allowed to work in the UK and be in full-time work. If you don’t have a job, you can use the Government’s apprenticeship vacancy matching service instead. We can also help you with your applications for jobs and apprenticeships
- Have no qualifications at Level 4 or higher eg if you’ve done a foundation degree, you can’t become an apprentice
- Be aged 16 or over — there’s no upper age limit.
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The apprenticeship levy is a new government initiative announced in the 2015 Summer Budget. The government proposes to apply the levy to large employers across all industries and it will replace all taxpayer funding of apprenticeships for companies of all sizes. It starts from April 2017 at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill, and will be paid through Pay As You Earn (PAYE). Click here for a step-by-step guide to the Apprenticeship Service for Levy Payers.
Who will need to pay the apprenticeship levy?
All firms receive an offset allowance of £15,000, equivalent to 0.5% on a payroll of £3 million. Any employer with a payroll above this will be liable to pay the levy.
Example 1: an employer who would pay the levy
An employer with an annual pay bill of £5 million:
- Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
- Allowance: £25,000 – 15,000 = £10,000 annual payment
Example 2: an employer who would not pay the levy
An employer with an annual pay bill of £2 million:
- Levy sum: 0.5% x £2,000,000 = £10,000
- Allowance: £10,000 – £15,000 = £0 annual payment
Where companies are connected, only one £15,000 allowance can be shared between them. The division of the allowance must be decided at the beginning of the tax year. So if during the year an employer becomes connected to a company which already pays the levy, the first employer would immediately become liable to pay on their full payroll.
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24- year-olds (AGE 16 to 24) supports businesses that would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme. The grant has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. Find out more here