Consultation outcome

Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training

This was published under the 2015 to 2016 Cameron Conservative government
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Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training: government response

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Detail of outcome

The apprenticeship levy will come into effect in April 2017, at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill. A £15,000 allowance for employers will mean that the levy will only be paid on employers’ pay bills over £3 million.

Less than 2% of UK employers will pay the levy.

Detail of feedback received

We received 711 responses. The majority of respondents were responding on behalf of an organisation and were employers who employed over 250 people.

Original consultation


We're inviting views on our proposal to implement an apprenticeships levy on employers.

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Consultation description

We’re inviting comments on our proposal to introduce an apprenticeship levy. The levy will enable employers to choose and pay for apprenticeship training.

We’re seeking your views on:

  • how to pay the levy
  • how the levy should work for employers who operate across the whole of the UK
  • how to make sure that employers paying the levy have the opportunity to get more out than they put in
  • how best to give employers control of apprenticeships

This consultation covers the implementation of the levy. More detail on the levy rate and scope will be provided later in the year.

We particularly welcome views from employers, business organisations, training organisations and anyone with a vested interest.


Updates to this page

Published 21 August 2015
Last updated 25 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added government response.

  2. First published.

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