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Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy



As a result of the Richard Review (2012), the way that apprenticeships are funded and run will be changing in April 2017. The Government has identified a critical need for new technical and professional skilled workers as there is a huge skill shortage across the UK. This has resulted in an enormous target to get 3 million apprenticeships started by 2020 and has involved mass changes to the apprenticeship system.


January 2017 Update


The Government has recently released more information clarifying and confirming some aspects of the apprenticeship reform including Apprenticeship Standards, the Digital Apprenticeship Service, the Apprenticeship Levy and quality assurance. You can find the full information here or read our comprehensive summary below.


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If you have any questions you can refer to the website or contact the Business Development department at the College on 0207 258 2711 or

Important Dates

February 2017

Employers register on the Digital Apprenticeship Service using their Government Gateway ID and PAYE details.

March 2017

Levy information can be viewed on the DAS with the amount available to spend shown.

6th April 2017

Levy comes into effect. The first payments will appear in the digital account just before the end of May for the April payroll.

1st May 2017

Start date for funding changes for both levy-paying and non-levy paying employers