The Education and Skills Funding Agency Funding

In April 2017 the way the government funded apprenticeships in England changed.

All employers are now required to contribute to staff being nominated onto the apprenticeship, based on the size of the company will determine how much is contributed by the employer and how much the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will fund.


The apprenticeship levy requires those businesses with a pay bill of over £3 million each year to make investments in apprenticeships. However, with the right support, you can benefit from this investment by training your current employees, as well as any new staff, putting them all through an appropriate apprenticeship and making the levy valuable for you.

Levy payers | Facts​

  • Will affect employers paying over £3 million per year in wages

  • Includes all sectors/industry

  • 5% of PAYE bill above £3 million will make up the levy bill

  • Funding will be kept in a Digital Account, part of the Apprenticeship Service

  • Payments taken monthly via HMRC

  • Employers will choose their own apprenticeship provider

  • An independent organisation will provide end point assessments for standards

  • Employers can spend more than their levy; the government will pay for 90% of any overspend. This means that once you have used your Levy, you will pay 5% and the government will pay 95%

Non-Levy payers | Facts​

  • Payroll is under £3 million

  • Employer will make a 5% cash contribution after the learner 

Information, Advice & Guidance

  • Do you know about the changes and the impact this will have on your organisation?

  • We are here to help you navigate through the changes

  • We can help with your training analysis to develop and progress staff needs

For more information contact us or go to:


Workforce Development Funding

The Workforce Development Fund is available to all adult social care employers in England and can go towards the costs of your employees completing adult social care qualifications. 

  • Skills for Care will not fund all health and social care RQF qualifications so it is important to check the list of what will be funded before you commission any learning and development.

  • For all qualifications the evidence required to support claims will be a copy of the learner’s certificate, although for QCF qualifications this will still need to include the full unit breakdown. Unit summary sheets will not be accepted as evidence.

  • The 60 credit limit will no longer be in place, but will be replaced by a financial limit which allows the qualification with the highest funding value to be claimed for a learner within a single funding year.

For more information on what you can claim for, how to become eligible and how to claim go to:

Alternatively you can contact us