Levy Paying Employers
The Sysco group is one of the leading providers of training solutions and consultancy in the North West. We work with large employers to maximise their Apprenticeship Levy funds through a range of employment and skills services designed to meet their specific needs. Sysco Business Skills Academy is a pioneer in Apprenticeship Standards delivery and are able to provide accredited and non accredited training that compliment our Apprenticeship training.
We offer bespoke courses tailored to meet the demands of individual businesses that increase the industry specific knowledge of its employees. Sysco provides diagnostics on your business that involves standardised testing on employees and prospective learners to ascertain their current level of attainment. This enables us to understand both the business and the learners’ needs and provide the appropriate level of training.
The Apprenticeship Reforms and Levy
As part of the recent Apprenticeship Reforms, from April 2017, a new levy was placed on large employers with wage bills in excess of £3million to help pay for Apprenticeship Training. Sysco are approved by the ESFA to deliver accredited and non accredited courses to large companies using funds collected as part of the levy. We have been working with clients including QVC, One Manchester, ForViva, Liberty Gas, Making Space, Stockport Homes and Rathbones Investment Managers to deliver tailored and bespoke training solutions that maximise their levy spend and associated ROI.
The Levy is best considered as a training investment. By implementing a successful Apprenticeships programme you will be able to develop the skills of your workforce and drive business improvement. As one of the North West’s leading Apprenticeship providers, we have worked with 8,000 employers and supported around 15,000 apprentices.
Our team can help you understand the impact of the Levy and to help you plan, develop and deliver your Apprenticeship programmes. As part of a fully managed training solution, our flexible holistic approach offers the perfect solution. We understand the importance of engaging with both apprentices and managers to make your programme a success. We can offer Apprenticeships in a range of subjects and we’ll work with your organisation to identify the right mix of training / qualifications to meet your business needs. Information on each section of the reforms can be found by following the links below. Alternatively, contact us today to find out how we can help you boost both your organisation's and staff's potential.
The Apprenticeship Levy and the Implications for Levy Paying Employers
This new funding system supports the English apprenticeship funding system only and applies to companies with wage bills of over £3million.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own arrangements for supporting Employers to access Apprenticeships, through their devolved Assembly’s.
The Levy forms part of a broader programme of apprenticeship reforms that the Government is introducing. The Government believe that Apprenticeships are good for business and a great way to develop the skills of the workforce both now and in the future. The aim of the Apprenticeship reforms is to deliver more Apprenticeships of a better quality to help improve economic productivity.
- Employers will pay levy contributions to HMRC on a monthly basis alongside usual PAYE payments.
- Levy contributions are placed in an account on the Digital Apprenticeship Service online portal.
- The employer can access the funds in this account to purchase Apprenticeships training and assessment for their staff.
- If the employer decides not to purchase Apprenticeship training, levy contributions will expire 24 months after they are deposited. e.g. April 2017 contributions will expire in April 2019.
- Contributions can only be used to pay for the training and assessment of Apprentices who work in England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are subject to different systems.
- The Government will automatically top up an employers levy contributions by 10% in order that employers receive more funding for training than they pay in.
- From April 2017 the Digital Apprenticeship Service will provide employers with information on: Available Apprenticeships; The sourcing of approved training providers and colleges; Advertising Apprenticeship vacancies; Paying for Apprenticeship training using levy funds
- The Government are simplifying Apprenticeship funding by placing every Apprenticeship into one of 15 funding bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000.
- All employers will receive an additional support payment of £1,000 for employing an apprentice who is aged between 16 and 18. The training provider that the employer works with to deliver the Apprenticeship will also receive an incentive payment of £1,000.
- Support payments of £1,000 will also be available to employers who take on Apprentices aged between 19 and 24 who were formerly in the care of a local authority or who have an Education Plan.