Apprenticeship funding and incentives
Get the financial support you need
A degree apprenticeship is a great way to develop your team. Thanks to the government’s apprentice levy, you can get vital funding to cover your costs. Watch the video below to see how the funding works.
Enhanced incentives available to support employers who hire new apprentices between August 2020 and 30 September 2021
From 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021
• £3000 for new employees of any age
The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:
- aged 16 to 18 years old
- under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority
Apprentices who joined your organisation before 1 April 2021*
• £2000 for 16–18-year-olds (in addition to existing incentive payment of £1000)
• £2000 for 19–24-year-olds
• £1500 for apprentices 25 or over
(*for new apprentices who joined your organisation between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021)
This incentive can’t be claimed for an existing employee – the apprenticeship has to be linked to a new role.
Funding and the apprenticeship levy
The Government’s Apprenticeship Service makes it easier for employers to choose and pay online for degree apprenticeship training.
The apprenticeship levy dictates how much funding and support your business can access. However, the levy only applies if you have an annual wage bill of more than £3 million.
Funding for levy-paying employers
Levy payments will be 0.5 per cent of your total wage bill, minus a £15,000 levy allowance. Those payments - and a 10 per cent government top-up - will fund apprenticeship course fees and any end-point assessment, up to the relevant funding cap.
Funding for non-levy-paying employers
If your organisation’s total wage bill is below the £3 million threshold, the government will fund up to 95 per cent of apprenticeship course fees, up to the relevant funding cap.
For employers with less than 50 employees, you receive 100% funding for apprentices who are under the age of 19 when they start their course.
Funding bands and caps
Every degree apprenticeship framework and standard has a funding band. Each band has a cap on funding the government will offer.
Accessing and claiming funding for apprenticeships
There is a process to follow when you get government funding for a degree apprenticeship. The flowchart below shows how and when you can access government funding for apprenticeships.
Download the relevant incentive claim forms:
- 16 to 18-year-old apprentice incentive claim form (PDF, 202.7KB)
- Small employer incentive claim form (less than 50 staff) (PDF, 186.7KB)
- Completion incentive claim form (PDF, 181.8KB)
European Social Fund
European Social Fund (ESF), an executive agency of the Department for Education, part fund the delivery of certain Sheffield Hallam University non-levy apprenticeships as match funding for the 2014-20 ESF programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
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