Consultation outcome

Apprenticeships funding reform in England

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

We have published a further, technical consultation on the following 2 options for directing apprenticeship funding through employers:

  • the PAYE model - explained in this consultation
  • a new model called the ‘apprenticeship credit’ - a simple online account that employers and government can contribute into, and which employers can use to buy training and assessment from registered providers

Detail of feedback received

We received 366 responses to the consultation. Most responses stressed the need for any new funding system to reduce administrative burdens on employers.

Many respondents said that they would like more detail on how funding rates will be set in future; and on how the funding route options presented in the consultation would work in practice, to allow them to comment more fully.

Original consultation


Invites views on ways of delivering funding reforms for apprenticeships in England.

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Consultation description

This consultation is published in response to Doug Richard’s independent ‘Review of Apprenticeships’, which looked at how apprenticeships in England can meet the needs of the changing economy. It addresses Doug Richard’s recommendations for reforming the way Apprenticeships are funded.

The government has already endorsed the review recommendations, which aim to give employers more control over apprenticeships, and ensure that all apprenticeships are rigorous and responsive to employers’ needs. We consulted earlier on the ‘Future of Apprenticeships in England’ to encourage feedback on the practical steps needed to turn our proposals into reality. That consultation closed on 22 May 2013; we are currently considering the responses and will confirm our future approach and implementation plan in autumn 2013.

We intentionally did not address apprenticeship funding reform in the previous consultation. This consultation seeks your views on 3 ways of delivering funding reforms put forward by Doug Richard:

  • a new online system for apprenticeships with payments to employers made directly from the system
  • using the PAYE system
  • reforming the existing funding arrangements


Published 24 July 2013
Last updated 6 March 2014 + show all updates
  1. Added a web link to a further technical consultation that includes the government response to this consultation.
  2. First published.