Information for Employers

UPDATE: Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice have been increased

Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. The apprentice must be a new employee of the business and must not have been employed by the employer within the 6 months prior to the apprenticeship start date.

Information for Employers

Apprenticeships are proven to be a cost-effective way of reducing training and recruitment costs, increasing productivity and developing a skilled and motivated workforce for the future.

Now you can add value to your business and fill critical skills gaps by upskilling your workers through our professional apprenticeships programme, removing the need to recruit new talent.

What’s more, it could cost you nothing extra under the Apprenticeship Levy rules, depending on the size of your organisation.

Higher level and degree apprenticeship routes could be open to all employees, no matter what their previous qualifications and job roles. You simply partner with us, and together we provide the structure, teaching and support an employee needs to transform their skills set.

So, if you have a employee who could be an even greater asset with some professional training, then don’t miss this opportunity to realise their full potential.

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We can help your business apply for relevant Government grants and advise on the most suitable training programmes available.

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How the Apprenticeship Levy works

If your total annual wage bill exceeds £3 million you will pay a 0.5% apprenticeship levy on that sum.

Once you have paid this amount you will then be able to access your organisation’s funding through your new Digital Apprenticeship Service Account.

Importantly, you will be entitled to a £15,000 allowance to offset the levy. Furthermore, you will receive a 10% top-up on your contributions.

All contributions can be set against corporation tax.

Why choose Brock?

  • Access expert advice to find the right candidates for your business.
  • Select from a range of delivery models.
  • Receive guidance on the apprenticeship levy rules.
  • Rely on continued support throughout the apprenticeship journey.
  • Get support upskilling your existing staff.



To which employers does the levy apply?

The levy only applies to your firm if its total wage bill exceeds £3 million. Therefore if you have around 150 reasonably well-paid employees you are likely to be affected.

When will employers pay?

The government will collect the levy monthly, based on live payroll data. It will be applied to groups of companies but not franchises.

How will the levy work?

As an employer you will pay the levy into your online account. The government will then top-up the funds by 10%.

How much can be drawn down for each apprentice?

Because each apprenticeship programme is allocated a funding band, you should make sure you are aware of the band that applied to your organisation.

Who can be trained under the apprenticeship system?

Current employees and new recruits of any age are eligible to follow an apprenticeship programme.

Will there be any incentive to recruit 16 – 18 year olds?

Yes. This will be a minimum of £1,000, plus additional funding for training.

How will the system work for non-levy payers?

If your annual payroll bill is below £3 million then you will not be affected by the levy. However, if you are a relatively large firm that falls marginally short of the threshold, you may have to contribute 10% to the cost of training apprentices.

You can find out more about the levy rules, including answers to frequently asked questions, by visiting

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