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Autumn Statement: Apprenticeships levy to raise £3bn

Governments plans for how they will increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, achieving 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.


  • Ongoing – The employer, apprentice and training provider must sign a Statement of Commitment as part of their Apprenticeship Agreement
  • Ongoing – Employers consider providing ‘employer occupational briefs’ as part of assessment plan development
  • Ongoing – Universities work with employers to deliver new degree apprenticeships
  • January 2016 – Government will publish data on apprenticeship wage returns by sector subject area
  • Spring/Summer 2016 – Government will legislate to protect the term ‘apprenticeship’ from misuse by education and training providers
  • Summer 2016 – Government works with media partners to publish first Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer lists
  • Academic Year 2016/17 – Training providers will have to meet higher minimum levels of performance for apprenticeships
  • Annually from January 2018 – Government will include 16-18 year old apprenticeship results in schools’ performance tables
  • Monthly – Employers can submit proposals, draft standards and assessment plans for approval
  • From September 2015 – Government procurement rules mean that apprenticeships are considered in all contracts over £10m and 12 months
  • Ongoing– Government will continue to provide support through the National Apprenticeship Service for large businesses (via account management) and small
  • businesses (via a national helpline) to offer apprenticeships
  • December 2015 – Government consults on the target for the public sector
  • January 2016 – Government will launch an integrated communications campaign to promote apprenticeships, traineeships and work experience opportunities
  • January 2016 (and annually) – Government will run the National Apprenticeship Awards to recognise the contribution of apprentices and employers across the
  • country
  • January 2016 – Government will extend the existing successful Apprenticeship Grant for Employers until the end of the 2016/17 academic year
  • February 2016 – Government will launch an improved Find an Apprentice service allowing employers to post their own vacancies directly on the system
  • March 2016 (and annually) – Government and employers celebrate the success of apprenticeships through National Apprenticeship Week
  • Spring/Summer 2016 – Government will lay regulations setting out public sector apprenticeship targets Autumn 2016 and annually (subject to Parliamentary approval) – duty on Public sector bodies comes into force to employ apprentices and report publically on progress against their apprenticeship targets
  • From January 2016 – National Careers Service digital platform will determine the potential suitability of a young person for apprenticeships, traineeships or the JCP
  • work experience programme
  • February 2016 – The Careers and Enterprise Company will award funding to initiatives from its Careers and Enterprise Investment Fund
  • By March 2016 – The Careers and Enterprise Company will complete its national roll out of the Enterprise Adviser Network
  • Spring 2016 – Government will set out further plans for the reform of technical and professional education based on the recommendations of the Independent Panel
  • By spring 2016 – Government will publish a careers strategy
  • By spring 2016 – Government will refresh its existing strategy for care leavers
  • By spring 2016 – Government will deliver improved guidance to JCP work coaches and employer advisers
  • From August 2016 – Government will enable more colleges and training providers to deliver traineeships
  • From September 2016 – UCAS will promote higher and degree apprenticeships and enable people to apply for them via its website
  • October 2016-March 2017 – Jobcentre Plus will roll out support for schools to raise awareness of apprenticeships, traineeships and other local employment opportunities
  • April 2017 – Government will introduce the new Youth Obligation for 18-21 year olds
  • Ongoing – Training providers get onto Register of Training Organisations and work with employers to deliver standards
  • Ongoing – Assessment organisations get onto Register of Assessment Organisations, design tools and methods and deliver end-point assessments
  • From November 2015 to at least March 2016 – Training providers can access the Future Apprenticeships support programme
  • February 2016 – Government will update guidance for area-based reviews to emphasise the need for colleges to increase apprenticeship delivery
  • Until March 2017 – Area-based reviews of post-16 education and training review how current provision meets needs
  • Ongoing until April 2017 – Employers continue to develop apprenticeship standards and assessment plans and submit them for approval to BIS
  • By April 2017 – Government will establish the Institute for Apprenticeships to regulate the quality of apprenticeships and set caps on the level of government
  • funding available for individual standards
  • From April 2017 – Employers submit apprenticeship standards and assessment plans for approval to the new quality body
  • From 2017/18 – As many apprenticeship starts as possible will be on the new standards
  • Ongoing – Government to develop the Digital Apprenticeship Service to support employers to choose and pay for apprentices:
  • From October 2016 – Roll out of Digital Apprenticeship Service functions of find an apprenticeship course and training provider
  • From April 2017 – Employers manage their apprenticeships through the Digital Apprenticeship Service
  • January 2016 – Government to provide guidance to training providers and employers on funding arrangements for academic year 2016/17
  • April 2016 – Employers will no longer pay National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25
  • Spring 2016 – Government to provide guidance to training providers on operation of the levy and changes to the funding system
  • Summer 2016 – Government and Industry Training Boards to work jointly to consult with their members
  • From summer 2016 – Government to communicate with employers on how the levy will operate including PAYE guidance and general levy guidance
  • April 2017 – Employers in scope will start paying the levy to fund their apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Levy

Employers will choose and pay for the apprenticeship training and assessment they want through the Digital Apprenticeship Service. All employers will have

access to the Digital Apprenticeship Service whether they have contributed to the levy or not. We want to give employers in England flexibility on how they use their levy contributions, without introducing additional and unintended complexity into the system. On that basis we will continue to engage with employers in England between now and the implementation of the levy to understand better what this might look like in practice and the pros and cons of any approach before deciding on how to proceed.

Employers interested in contributing to the development of the Digital Apprenticeship Service should email DAS@bis.gsi.gov.uk

Public Sector Targets

Through the Enterprise Bill, we intend to introduce new statutory targets for public sector bodies to employ their fair share of apprentices to contribute to our goal of achieving 3 million apprenticeship starts. The proposal is that the targets will apply to public bodies with 250 or more people working for them in England. In December 2015 we will publish a consultation which will give the rationale behind a minimum target of 2.3% and list the bodies proposed to be in scope. Following this and subject to Parliamentary approval, we will put these targets in place in 2016. Public bodies will then be required to report annually on progress.


Apprenticeship Standards

Previously we stated that our aim was for all new apprenticeship starts to be on standards from 2017/18.51 We think that the recent announcement of the apprenticeship levy warrants giving employers longer to consider which occupations they will require apprenticeships for and develop high quality standards for those, so that they are able to access a menu of apprenticeship training that can truly meet their business needs. To allow for this, we envisage a migration from  apprenticeship frameworks to standards over the course of the Parliament, with as much of this to take place by 2017/18 as possible. We will stagger the withdrawal of public funding for new starts on framework apprenticeships as employers take on apprentices on the new standards, and give reasonable prior notice to training providers of this so that they can review their training offer.

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