All employers in England to have better access to buy high quality apprenticeships

Small and medium sized businesses, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy, will take full control over apprenticeships in their business as they come on board the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) award-winning apprenticeship service.

Every apprenticeship employer in England will soon have access to the full benefits of the ESFA’s apprenticeship service, with the first employers and providers commencing their use from summer 2019.

Currently, only apprenticeship levy-paying employers – those with an annual total pay bill of over £3m – or those in receipt of a transfer of apprenticeship funds – are able to use the full benefits that the apprenticeship service brings.

Whilst all other employers (those who do not pay the levy) have had access to some of the functions, such as ‘find an apprenticeship’, ESFA is opening up the apprenticeship service to employers of all size, regardless of whether they pay the levy or not. This will provide employers with the choice over how they want to control the use of apprenticeships and make them work for their business.

Over the course of the next year, all employers will be able to control how they pay for their apprenticeship training and assess and recruit their apprentices. They will also have access to a larger pool of training providers to deliver more relevant training for them.