The Government Apprenticeship Levy has completely altered the way Apprenticeships are funded, providing more opportunities to employers.

New Government Incentives

The government has unveiled up to £3000 incentive grants for employers taking on a new apprentice.

Employ a new apprentice for your business between 1st August 2020 and 31st January 2022 to receive:

- £3000 if they are aged 16-18
- £2000 if they are aged 19-24
- £1,500 if they are aged over 24

Contact us today to take advantage of this limited opportunity!

Call Mandy on 07528 968421 or email mkerslake@skillsgroupuk.com.

Who is affected by the Apprenticeship Levy?

The levy is set at 0.5% of an employers’ pay bill. It will only affect employers with an annual pay bill in excess of £3M. Only 2% of all UK employers are liable to pay the levy


90-100% of Apprenticeship training fees are funded by the Government, depending upon the size of your business and the age of the apprentice.

Size Matters

If you have less than 50 employees and your apprentice is 16-18, you may be exempt from paying for Apprenticeship training. In addition a £1,000 incentive is currently available if your apprentice is:-

  • aged 16-18
  • a 19-24 year old care leaver
  • a 19-24 year old with a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan.

For further information about the Government Apprenticeship Levy please follow the link below
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Employ an Apprentice

Career Development

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School