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Registration Open for Digital Apprenticeship Service

On 15th February 2017, the Government has announced that the registration process for the Apprenticeship Levy is now accessible online to all levy-paying companies.

The new Digital Apprenticeship Service is an online digital system, similar to online banking, which allow employers to access money paid under the levy, help with the financial management of their programmes and monitor how much they are spending on apprenticeships.

The new online service will also give employers the power to take control over their own Apprenticeship training. From 2018, Non-levy paying employers can expect to create an account.

The Government sees 3 key benefits of the Digital Apprenticeship service for employers, outlining that it will help them to:

  • Address skills shortages head on
  • Focus on their business priorities
  • Invest in the skills and training to help their organisations succeed

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Department for Education are encouraging large employers to register for the Digital Apprenticeship service before the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6th April. The levy will only be paid by businesses with a payroll of more than £3 million, which represents less than 2 per cent of employers in the country. The Government hopes this will increase around £3 billion a year and fund 3 million new apprenticeship starts.

To register for the apprenticeship levy, employers must have:

  • Details for each organisation that will be making an contract with a training provider for apprenticeship training, including charity number or Companies House.
  • Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include

Robert Halfon, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister said that the employers better understands the skills they need and that is why government is placing them in the driving seat, to make sure they get the talent they need to grow.

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