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Apprenticeship Levy TRansfers

Levy TRansfer to local employers

Skill Up Somerset are working with some local large employers who are willing to transfer their levy to smaller local employers, subject to certain criteria.

Read on to find out more about Levy transfers

Contact us about levy transfers

Speak to us to find out how you can receive a levy transfer from a larger local employer, or Transfer your levy to a smaller local employer

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What is the apprenticeship levy?

If you’re an employer with a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.  The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill.

The Apprenticeship Levy allows employers to have control of their workforce training.  You report and pay your levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

An extra 10% is paid directly to employers’ apprenticeship accounts.

The levy can be spent on Apprenticeship training in England. 

The apprenticeship levy was created to create long term sustainable funding for apprenticeships and to give employers more control to provide their staff with a range of training opportunities. It can be used for existing members of staff starting an apprenticeship

Any unspent levy funds are recouped by the Government after 24 months. Some of the unspent funds can be transferred to a SME to cover the training costs of an Apprentice. Read on to find out more about levy transfers..

What is a levy transfer?

  • Levy paying employers can transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to other employers. This can help smaller businesses to invest in  apprenticeship training opportunities. 
  • The amount transferred must cover 100% of the cost of the apprenticeship. 
  • Employers receiving transferred funds will only be able to use these funds to pay for new apprenticeship starts.
  • A transfer must be agreed and put in place before the apprentice starts their apprenticeship. 

How can I transfer my unused Levy funds?

If you have a pay bill over 3 million you will need to pay the apprenticeship levy, and will have funds to spend on Apprenticeship training and assessment.  

If you have unused apprenticeship funds you can find employers who want to receive a transfer. This could be businesses, within your local area, sector or supply chain, a charity, business partners etc.

Key facts

  • only levy-paying employers can make a transfer
  • any employer can receive and use transferred funds
  • you both have to be registered on the apprenticeship service
  • transfers can only be used for new starts,
  • you can’t transfer funds to another employer if you currently receive a transfer
  • the Levy transfer funds cover the cost of the training for the apprenticeship only, not wages or any other employment costs
Why transfer my unused levy funds?
  • support your supply chain 
  • support businesses that share your values
  • support businesses within your sector
  • support your corporate and social responsibility 
  • Supporting the Somerset economy in recovery
  • building strategic partnerships
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How can I receive a transfer?

If you are interested in finding an employer who can transfer levy funds to you please get in touch with us: Contact us

Key facts: 

  • if the apprenticeship stops then the funding will stop too
  • you won’t have to pay any funds back to the sending employer
  • if a training provider transfers funds to you, they cannot deliver the training for that funded apprenticeship
  • if the amount transfered does not cover the full amount you will need to pay 5% of the training costs.
  • the Levy transfer funds cover the cost of the training for the apprenticeship only, not wages or any other employment costs

Benefits of receiving a Levy Transfer



Apprenticeship Levy Facts

  • The levy funding has helped directly support almost 50% of all apprenticeships in 2017/18. [Gov.UK]
  • Since it was introduced the levy has directly supported almost 313,000 people to start their apprenticeship journey. []

Find out more:

Apprenticeship funding rules for employers