Apprenticeship Reform 

and Levy

As you will be aware, the government has made a commitment to get employers to deliver 3 million apprenticeship starts by May 2020.


At the same time as making this bold commitment, it is also making some major changes to the structure of apprenticeships, and to the way that they are funded.

The reforms to apprenticeships are in three main areas:


  1. Changing the apprenticeship product, by moving away from the old frameworks to new employer-designed standards based apprenticeships.

  2. The introduction of a change to the way that employers access apprenticeship funding. This is now done via the ‘ Apprenticeship Service’, online through. GOV.UK

  3. Introduction of a large-employer apprenticeship levy in April 2017.

These reforms are having a dramatic effect in the way that the apprenticeship and skills ‘market’ operates. It is also making employers think differently in terms of their approach to the recruitment and training and development of their staff.

It is also changing things dramatically for colleges and private training providers. Employers, having been put in the driving seat by the government, are more discerning in who they have deliver their training. This is  especially true for those employers who now pay the levy. One key issue for providers is their approach to cost versus quality.


Allen Apprenticeships and Skills can offer a bespoke service to all colleges and private training providers, outlining in detail the impact that these reforms to apprenticeships will have on them.


We can provide updates to your teams and to your employers on all aspects of the reforms. We can brief keep your own teams up to date on the levy, we can talk to your employers, on any aspects of the reforms. We can be the source of your advice.


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