What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Levy was introduced in April 2017. The Apprenticeship Levy was introduced to help the government achieve its target of 3 million apprentices by 2020. The government wanted to improve the quality of apprenticeships in England and ensure that they meet employer requirements to address skills shortages and encourage them to take responsibility for training their workforce and the future generations of apprentices.

All apprentices follow an approved apprenticeship framework however these will be phased out between now and 2020 and learners will follow the new standards which are a replacement.


The apprenticeship reforms aim to:

  • Give employers more control in designing apprenticeships.  The standards are to be developed by employers, for employers.
  • Increase the flexibility of delivery.  Businesses take control to ensure that the programmes meet their needs.  Employers can deliver apprenticeships independently or work with a training provider.
  • Simplify the funding system.  Employers can control how and where their funding is spent.
  • Increase the effectiveness of training.  Ensure that the programmes are developing learners skills to match their workplace requirements.

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