tyne and wear care alliance


Apprenticeships & Levy Information

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Education and Skills Funding Agency

Introduction

Tyne and Wear Care Alliance are a registered contract holder with the Education and Skills Funding Agency. We are committed to offering both levy paying employers and non-levy paying employers the support they need to work through the changes to government funded Apprenticeships from May 2017.

We work with an average of 500 employers per year and have 14 years’ experience within the Health and Social Care Sector in offering a variety of training opportunities across the North East Region.

We have constantly achieved Grade 2 Ofsted rating with outstanding indicators for employer engagement and networking.

Quality of Provision

Learner Satisfaction Percentage 97%

Employer Satisfaction Percentage 93%

We are here to help you make the transition into the new reformed apprenticeship system.


Our Offer

The Tyne and Wear Care Alliance offer a variety of apprenticeships in Health and Social Care, Team Leading, Management, Support Services, Clinical Care and administration please contact us for further details. These all include Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT if relevant. Levy payers can allocate us learners by accessing the Apprenticeship Service and using our code 10006407 Sunderland City Council.

One of our dedicated Network Development Officers will arrange a business meeting to discuss the potential impact of changes to apprenticeship funding and discuss the available qualifications.

We offer a quality assurance programme, funding support and flexible payment schedules.

Please contact the office on 0191 548 4015 to discuss your apprenticeship needs.


What is the apprenticeship levy?

 

The Apprenticeship Levy is an amount of money that employers will pay towards the funding of Apprenticeships in England. In effect it is a new tax which the government is introducing.

You will need to pay the apprenticeship levy if you are an employer, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million each year. For the purposes of the levy, an ‘employer’ is someone who is a secondary contributor, with liability to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for their employees.

The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of your annual pay bill. You will have a levy allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy you must pay. This means you will only pay the levy if your pay bill exceeds £3million in a given year. You will pay the levy to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process.

You will pay the levy on your entire pay bill at a rate of 0.5%. However, you will have a levy allowance to offset against this. The levy allowance is worth £15,000 for each tax year. This means the levy is only payable on pay bills over £3 million (because 0.5% x £3 million = £15,000).

 

Employers not required to pay the levy, i.e. those with a pay bill less than £3 million, will not be able to use the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) until 2018 or 2019.

However from May 2017, there will be a requirement to co-invest and make financial cash contribution towards the cost of any apprenticeship programmes in your business. The Tyne and Wear Care Alliance have set prices for qualifications and there a variety of options for paying your contribution which can be discussed with your Network Development Officer.

Employers not required to pay the levy, i.e. those with a pay bill less than £3 million, will not be able to use the Digital Apprenticeship Service until 2018 or 2019. However from May 2017, there will be a requirement to co-invest and make financial cash contribution towards the cost of any apprenticeship programmes in your business. If you are required to pay the levy, you will need to setup a Digital Apprenticeship Service account to pay your

Training Provider. You will agree a price and pay your contribution towards the costs of the training and assessment via your DAS account.

To find out more about the Digital Apprenticeship Service visit:-

https://sfadigital.blog.gov.uk/category/digital-apprenticeship-service/

You will calculate, report and pay your levy to HMRC, through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process alongside tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs).If you have calculated that you will pay the apprenticeship levy, you will need to declare this and include it in your usual PAYE payment to HMRC by the19th (or 22nd if you report electronically) of the following month.

 

Employers who pay the levy and are committed to apprenticeship training will be able to get out more than they pay in to the levy. The government will apply a 10% top up to monthly funds entering levy paying employers’ digital accounts, for apprenticeship training in England, from May 2017.

Levy payments can be used to fund apprenticeships to enable you to:

Recruit new staff or up skill existing staff to higher level qualifications and enable succession planning:

Level 2 Intermediate Skills

Level 3 Advanced Skills

Promoting existing staff to nurture talent and innovation accessing:

Level 5 - Higher, Foundation

 


Useful Links regarding Levy Information

Please follow links below

Apprenticeship funding - How it will work

A levy paying employer's journey

A guide to apprenticeship service

How to add apprentices and set up payments

Apprenticeship Levy Manual - https://www.gov.uk/hmrc-internal-manuals/apprenticeship-levy

Email:  nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk
Phone: 08000 150600


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Unit 1, North East Business and Innovation Centre, Sunderland, SR5 2TA, Tel: 0191 5484015, Fax: 0191 5482008 info.twca@sunderland.gov.uk