PM Training are experts in delivering apprenticeships and will provide your business with advice and guidance to help you manage, implement and maximise your Apprenticeship Levy.

Our dedicated team will help you assess the training needs of your business, help you understand the implications and work with you every step of the way.

That is our promise to you.

Expert knowledge and guidance

If you are a business with an annual salary bill of £3 million or more you’ll pay into the Apprenticeship Levy. Our team provide expert advice and guidance on the most efficient way to get the best return on your Apprenticeship Levy spend. Whether you want to train and up skill existing staff, recruit new staff and apprentices, or a combination of both; we’ll guide you through the process step by step.

Training needs analysis

Creating a robust plan that forecasts your apprenticeship levy spend and recovery each month is just one part of a training needs analysis. Our team can guide you through how to get the training your business needs, and how to coach and support your apprentices. All of this means you can continue to focus on your core business, knowing that the management of your apprenticeship levy is under control.

Trusted apprenticeship delivery

At the heart of the Apprenticeship Levy is quality apprenticeship training. It’s the successful delivery of apprenticeship training that enables you to recover and utilise your apprenticeship levy payments. By partnering with PM Training you are working with a provider formally recognised and listed on the RoTAP (Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers) by the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

As a leading trailblazer on new apprenticeship standards, we understand apprenticeships and are proud to work with leading businesses and different sectors to deliver new training.

Integrated management services 

Our team provide guidance and support every step of the way. Everything from completing your needs analysis to agreeing training plans and delivery specifications, to forecasting monthly levy payments and setting up your employer Digital Apprenticeship Service account.

Excellent Account Management by a dedicated contact will guide you to a smooth apprenticeship levy journey.

Complimentary recruitment service

We pride ourselves on working with young people to enhance skills and get them work ready. Across our training centres we have work-ready apprentices that are ‘skill matched’ to apprenticeship vacancies and businesses making the recruitment process seamless. Alongside this our complimentary advertising and recruitment service ensures that your business is working with new apprentices as quickly as possible.

Regular Levy updates

Alongside detailed and careful management of your apprenticeship levy account, by partnering with PM Training you’ll receive regular updates on apprenticeship levy news and updates plus regular communications from your Partnerships Manager. We work with over 1,200 businesses and manage training for over 5,000 employees and apprentices; our success is proven, so you know you’re in GOOD hands.

Guide to the Apprenticeship Levy

Levy Calculator

Use our calculator to work out the impact of the levy on your business

Please enter your salary bill e.g 4000000.


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Your annual Levy payment will be

Monthly funding breakdown

Use this Skills Funding Agency tool to understand your monthly fees and breakdown.

The key questions

This means you do not have to pay the Levy but you will be required to co-invest a small proportion of funding towards the cost of your apprenticeship training.

This is proposed to be 10% with the Government contributing 90% of the costs.

If you employ fewer than 50 staff and recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice, the Government will pay 100% of the apprenticeship training costs.  You will also receive an additional payment of £1000 which will be paid in two instalments – 3 and 12 months – and will be paid to you by your training provider.

If you do not pay the Levy you will not need to set up a digital apprenticeship service account to pay your training provider in April 2017. You will agree a price and pay your contribution towards the costs of the training and assessment to the training provider directly. This will give you more time to prepare for the new system.

Apprentices who have been accepted on to an apprenticeship before May 2017 will be funded for the full duration of the apprenticeship under the conditions that were in place at the time their apprenticeship started i.e. the current funding system.
If you are liable to pay the Levy you will not be able to use the funds in your levy account to pay for these apprenticeships.

You will calculate, report and pay your Levy to HMRC through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process alongside income tax and National Insurance.
For single employers with multiple PAYE schemes you will only have one allowance.
For employers that are connected in ownership or control you will share one allowance between employers.
You will be able to see funds appear in your digital account monthly, a few working days after you have confirmed your pay bill and levy contribution to HRMC for the previous month. This means that the first time you will see any funds in your digital account will be after 22 May 2017.

You will be able to purchase training through the new digital system from the very start of May as the earliest payments for training will leave your account in the following month.  This is because the new system will pay providers 1 month in arrears for training they report has been delivered.

The levy allowance will operate on a monthly basis and will accumulate throughout the year. Any unused allowance will be carried from one month to the next.
Levy funds will expire 18 months after they enter your account unless you spend them on apprenticeship training. This will also apply to any top-ups in your account. Levy funds which have expired will be reallocated to committed employers through the top-up to their accounts.

The relevant Industry Training Boards are working with the Government on how existing arrangements will be affected by the introduction of the Levy and whether any changes are required.

Our advice is to make sure you get a return on your Levy payment!!
If your payroll bill exceeds £3m you have to pay the Levy so why pay something then miss out on the benefits?
Whilst the Levy doesn’t come into effect until April 2017 you need to factor this into your business and start forward planning. We can work with you every step of the way to ensure you maximise your return – from recruiting the right apprentice, re-skilling existing employees through apprenticeships, choosing the right training and helping grow your business.
The funds can be used for apprenticeship training and assessment for new apprentices to your business or with existing staff through re-skilling. The funds cannot be used for items such as wages, travel, managerial costs, the costs of setting up an apprenticeship programme.

The cost of the training will cover the cost of the apprentice training, assessment and certification against an approved apprenticeship standard or framework.
Funding bands will be set by the Government which limit the amount of levy funds you can spend on training for an individual apprentice. The band will vary according to the level and type of apprenticeships.
If you have not contributed to the levy or if you have used all of your funds in your digital apprenticeship account you will be required to co-invest a small proportion of funding towards the cost of your apprenticeship training. This is proposed to be 10% with the Government contributing 90% of the costs.

If you recruit a 16-18 year old apprentice, you will receive an additional payment of £1000 which will be paid in two instalments – 3 and 12 months – and will be paid to you by your training provider.

Recruiting an apprentice is an opportunity to discover fresh new talent, with 96% of employers reporting benefits to their business including increased productivity and output.
We are highly experienced in preparing young people for the workplace and by partnering with us to recruit your apprentice, we can take away the headache and cost associated with the recruitment process to find the right young person for your business.
Our learners are prepared for work through extensive pre-apprenticeship programmes focusing on maths and English functional skills, health and safety and employability skills such as timekeeping, attitude and teamwork.
With experience in a variety of construction trades or office experience, we ensure that learners are work-ready prior to starting an apprenticeship to ensure a smooth fit with your business meaning they can start making a difference from day one.

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