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The ESFA opens up its apprenticeship service to employers of all sizes

The ESFA opens up its apprenticeship service to employers of all sizes

28 June 2019

While currently only around 17,000 apprenticeship levy-paying employers – those with an annual total payroll bill of over £3m – or those in receipt of a transfer of apprenticeship funds, are able to use the full benefits of the online apprenticeship service to access training funds generated through the policy, the first small employers and providers have been invited to begin trialling it this summer.

Small employers were originally expected to be added to the service in April 2019, but this was delayed for another year to “ensure a more gradual transition”.

ESFA will allow all employers will be able to control how they pay for their apprenticeship training

At the moment, only Levy-paying employers, or those who are in receipt of a transfer of funds, can utilise the full benefits. However, from summer 2019, more and more employers will begin to have access – regardless of their size and whether or not they pay into the Levy.

Over the next year, the ESFA will allow all employers will be able to control how they pay for their apprenticeship training, and to assess and recruit their apprentices. In addition, a larger pool of relevant training providers will be available to them.

A welcome change for SME's

The changes will be welcome news for smaller, non-Levy paying organisations. SME's will be empowered to engage with apprenticeships and make more informed choices around how apprenticeships can work for them.

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