The Apprenticeships (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2017 came into force on 31 March 2018 and brought into effect the public sector apprenticeship target. However, since it's introduction there have been a number of queries about what an Apprenticeship Levy actually covers. That's why we thought we'd address the education sector's most common myths...
20% off-the-job training is inflexible as it has to involve 1 day off a week
Off-the-job training does not have to involve one full day off a week. Training can be delivered in a way that suits both you and the provider and might consist of a large block of time during the summer or smaller blocks if online learning is more suitable.
Apprenticeships are only for young people
Anyone over the age of 16, living in England can apply. Apprenticeships are available in many job roles within Schools, including teaching assistants, business administration and ICT technicians although entry requirements vary.
Apprenticeships cannot be used for existing staff
As long as the apprenticeship is giving them new skills to enable them to achieve competence in their chosen occupation, they can be used to retrain or upskill existing staff.
Only employers that pay into the levy can afford an apprentice
The Government will pay for 90% of non-levy paying employer’s apprenticeships training and assessment in England. The remaining 10% is paid by the employer.
My levy funds won’t expire
Funds you don’t use will expire 24 months after they enter your account, but you can transfer up to 25% to other employers of your choice.