Levy-paying Employers – How to use the Apprenticeship Service

Employers – Using the Apprenticeship Service

Employers who will be using the Apprenticeship Service need to register to manage their apprenticeship funds at:


At the moment, this service is only available to employers who are paying the apprenticeship levy.

Use this service to:-Apprenticeship_Employers_Badge

  • Create an account
  • Add organisations
  • Link your PAYE schemes
  • Invite members of your team to use the service


When you set up your account you will need your Government Gateway login details for the PAYE schemes that you want to include in your account.


When you employ apprentices, the PAYE scheme they are paid through must be attached to your account.

You will need to sign the electronic agreement declaration with the Government Agency before you can spend any funds in your account.  Once you’ve accepted the agreement you can:

  • Add or amend information about apprentices and training
  • Authorise payment to your training provider
  • View payment activity in your account and view your balance
  • Pause or stop a payment to your training provide if the apprentice leaves

N.B. if you do not add any apprentices to your account, your training provider will not get paid.  The data they submit must match the information you’ve approved for each apprentice in your employ.

To choose a Training Provider, use the ‘Find Apprenticeship Training’ service at:


If you have chosen a standard you will need to select an assessment organisation, which ITEC staff will be able to assist with.

A price and schedule of payments needs to be contractually agreed with your training provider for each apprentice, which includes the cost training and assessment (including any costs for end point assessment on a standards apprenticeship).

Once your apprenticeship training has commenced, monthly payments will be taken from your account and passed to your training provider electronically.

For help and assistance, please contact Kirk or Toni at ITEC on 01268 286292 – we are here to help!




Study Programme February 2017 – April 2017


Students aged 16 to 19 are funded for an individual study programme aimed at providing a substantial academic or vocational qualification and work experience. Our Study programme is aimed towards young people wanting to learn more about the IT and Business Administration sector.  We tailor the programme for each student and have clear study or employment goals reflecting the learner’s prior attainment. We want to give young people imaginative ways to develop, record and certificate a wide range of their personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.


1) PC Maintenance and Repair –  This is an entry point into the world of PC hardware and software maintenance. It is an ideal starting point for those who have an interest in PC maintenance and repair. You will learn about Computer Hardware, Maintenance and Fault Diagnosis of IT Systems, Testing IT Systems, Installing Software, Customer Support in the IT Environment.

2) CompTIA IT Fundamentals. This covers foundational IT concepts including identifying and explaining computer components, installing software, establishing network connectivity and preventing security risks.

3) European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) – ECDL is the world’s leading computer skills certification.  The ECDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. It offers a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing and IT Security.

4) The development of functional literacy and numeracy skills. We will support you to reach functional skills at Level 2 in both Maths and English by the time you have finished the programme.

5) Employability Skills, Interview Techniques and CV Writing.  Whilst there will always be job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most employers will also want you to have some general skills.  These general job skills are sometimes called “employability skills”. Having employability skills can help you get a job. They can also help you stay in a job and work your way to the top. If you score a job interview, chances are you’ll be asked questions about your job-specific skills and your employability skills. This will include Communication, Teamwork, Problem solving, Self-management. We will help you to create a CV that matches your skill set and that mirrors local employment opportunities.   The aim is to ensure young people develop the skills that local employers need and as a result reduce the high levels of youth unemployment in the local area.

5) Work experience. We aim to support all learners into external work placements to practice the skills they have learnt. This enables the development of good employment skills and with support provides an environment which enables learners to build their confidence and understanding of the world of work.  Where possible and appropriate, we endeavour to match the work placement to the learner’s employment and career goals.

20170406_161640This is what our learners had to say about their experiences.

Why were you initially interested in the programme?

Matthew N – I applied for some apprenticeships but was not successful and was then offered a place on the Study Programme. I wasn’t getting on well in college and this looked like a fresh start for me.

George M – I was interested because the course involved work experience as well as learning which offers a chance for an apprenticeship. I was successful at my work experience and was offered an apprenticeship with the same company.

What did you think of the training you received?

Matthew N – I feel the training was good and the majority of it very useful.

George M – I found the employability lessons and ECDL lessons very helpful as I learned much more about the work place and gained more experience and knowledge in interviews and ECDL.

John F – I think the training was great and the work experience was helpful. I found PC Maintenance and CompTIA IT Fundamentals useful as they taught me a lot about ICT that I did not know.

Michael F – The training has been fantastic, I have learnt a lot during my time at ITEC. They have helped me with more than just qualifications and knowledge; they have helped me with my confidence and professionalism around others. I have also gained work experience and have an idea of what it is like in a working environment.

What difference has the study programme made to you personally?

Matthew N – Communication, confidence and more intelligent in different areas. I have now started an apprenticeship at a company I like and I am really enjoying it.

George M – I believe that this course has given me much insight to jobs and has also helped me gain qualifications I did not have.  It helped me gain confidence, which is important for the future.

John F – It has taught me a lot and shown me more about the possibilities and opportunities of an apprenticeship.  It has helped my confidence when talking to others.