Over the last few weeks, several employers have asked us to clarify what their Levy can be spent on. This information is also of use to non-levy paying employers accessing apprenticeships so they can understand what the Government funding is available for.
Funds in the new digital account via the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) will initially be for levy paying employers and these employers will start to see their funds appear in their account in May 2017, once the levy is collected from April 2017. Eventually the digital account will be rolled out to all employers and the Government is aiming to do this by 2020.
The funds in Levy-paying employers’ digital accounts, and funding provided by the Government for non-levy paying employers, can only be used towards the cost of apprenticeship training and end point assessment through an externally contracted training provider, such as ITEC, or evidenced costs for direct employer-provider delivery, where the employer is registered with the Government to provide training to their own apprentices.
You can use your funding for:-
- On-job and off-job training with an approved training provider including attendance for training courses, workshops, reviews of progress meetings, setting up the individual learning plan (ILP), processing the individual learning records (ILR), etc.
- Registration, materials, examination and certification costs that are required modules or gateways within the Apprenticeship Standards
- Planned on-programme assessment and the end point assessment, including costs associated with quality assurance of the assessment and certification
- E-learning/distance learning as part of a blended learning programme. The whole apprenticeship cannot be delivered as e-learning but 10-20% is encouraged and, in some standards, required.
- Resits for qualifications where further learning has taken place
You cannot use your funding for:-
- Recruitment, enrolment, induction, assessment of prior learning, etc., or for setting up the Apprenticeship programme
- Apprentices’ wages, accommodation and travel costs
- Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by the apprentice in their every day work
- Purchasing capital equipment
- Training, assessment, examinations and certifications of any optional modules not required by the Apprenticeship Standard
- Resits of examinations or the End Point Assessment where further learning does not take place
- Time spent by employer staff and managers supporting, mentoring, coaching and developing the apprentice
- Training delivered solely by distance learning/e-learning
- Training, assessment and certification fees for the apprentice to acquire a license to practice
- Repeating the same qualification that the apprentice has previously achieved or for any GCSE where the apprentice has achieved Grade C or higher
Other key points to be aware of:-
- Apprentices must be employed full-time for a minimum of 30 hours a week and the employer must show they have a true vacancy available, i.e. not just to complete the apprenticeship
- The apprenticeship can be a for a new employee or for an existing employee where the individual needs significant new knowledge and skills
- The apprentice must complete the apprenticeship, including all training and assessment, within their usual working hours
- The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is one year and a day plus the time for end point assessment (approx. 3-5 days)
- Apprentices must not be asked to contribute financially to the cost of learning
- There must be an Apprenticeship Agreement in place
As specialists in Technology and Business Training, how can ITEC help? We have over 33 years’ experience of providing training programmes in IT Professional or Digital Administration careers for your staff. Our IT Professional Apprenticeships include Microsoft and CompTIA certification and our Digital Business Administration Apprenticeships include specialisms such as Social Media, Using Microsoft Office or Sage Accounts.
Should you need any information or assistance with setting up an apprenticeship placement for a new job role or for one of your existing staff or just want to find out how an apprenticeship with ITEC can help with your workforce development, get in touch. We can help! If we can’t help, we know someone who can! As members of the NOVA Partnership, we have several partners in the South Essex area covering a wide variety of sector skills and working to the same exacting quality standards as ITEC.