Apprenticeship Levy - Digital Account
The Apprenticeship Service is the new digital interface for services designed to support the uptake of apprenticeships. The service is aimed primarily at employers who engage with learning providers and apprenticeship assessment organisations to deliver and facilitate the apprenticeship programme.
How to access your funds in your Digital Apprenticeship Service Account
Your new Digital Service Account is the area within the Apprenticeship Service where employers can manage their funding and apprentices, view their account balance and plan their spending. The Digital Account will need to be used to...
- receive Levy funds to spend on apprenticeships
- select a training provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
- manage your apprentices
- manage your funding and pay your training provider
What happens if an apprentice starts before the changes are introduced?
Employers that start an apprentice before April 2017 will receive funding under the current system – and that funding will continue for the duration of the apprenticeship.
What you can buy with funds in your Digital Apprenticeship Service Account
You can only use funds in your account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England, and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship.
If the costs of training and assessment go over the funding band maximum, you will need to pay the difference with other funds from your own budget.
You can’t use funds in your account to pay for other costs associated with your apprentices (such as wages, statutory licences to practise, travel and subsidiary costs, work placement programmes or the setting up of an apprenticeship programme).
Read the apprenticeship funding rules for full details of what you can and can’t pay for with funds from your apprenticeship service account.
If you have employees living in England - the ‘English percentage’
The apprenticeship service only supports the English apprenticeship system, so the amount of funds in each employer’s account will depend on how many of their employees live in England. This is called the ‘English percentage’.
HMRC calculates your ‘English percentage’ from the information you provide about your paybill, and uses it to put the right proportion of levy funds in your account. Your latest English percentage will be visible in your account.