Guidance

Apprenticeship funding rules

Information about funding for training and assessing apprentices in England.

The latest rules (2020 to 2021)

There are different funding rules for different apprenticeship start dates. You must follow the funding rules that apply to each apprentice.

The 2020 to 2021 funding rules apply to apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021.

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The 2019 to 2020 rules

The 2019 to 2020 funding rules apply to apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020.

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The 2018 to 2019 rules

The 2018 to 2019 rules apply to apprenticeships starting on or after 1 August 2018.

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The 2017 to 2018 rules

The 2017 to 2018 rules apply to apprenticeships that started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

You can view the apprenticeship funding rules for:

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The 2016 to 2017 rules

View the 2016 to 2017 funding rules for apprenticeships that started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.

Previous rules

View previous funding rules for apprenticeships that started before 1 August 2016.

Contact us

Complete our survey to help us make the funding rules clearer.

Training providers

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Employers

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Published 15 March 2019
Last updated 20 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have published a new version of the 2020 to 2021 apprenticeship funding rules (version 2) in PDF. The changes we have made are set out in the summary of changes which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page on GOV.UK.

  2. We have published the 2020 to 2021 apprenticeship funding rules (version 1) in PDF, following feedback from the recent clarification exercise. The web based rules will be live from the 1 August. The changes we have made are set out in the summary of changes which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page on GOV.UK.

  3. We have updated the apprenticeship performance-management rules for training providers to include carry-in guidance

  4. We have added a clarification version of the 2020 to 2021 apprenticeship funding rules. We are issuing these funding rules as a clarification version in PDF to give you the opportunity to provide feedback on how we can make them clearer or better understood. Please email any suggestions to fundingrules.comments@education.gov.uk by Thursday 23 July 2020.

  5. We have updated the apprenticeship performance management rules 2019 to 2020 for training providers of interest to colleges, training providers, higher education institutions and employer-providers

  6. We have published the ESFA apprenticeship funding rules 2019 to 2020 (version 2) on GOV.UK. The rules apply to all providers, employers and employers-providers receiving apprenticeship funding from the ESFA.

  7. We have published the 2019 to 2020 apprenticeship funding rules (version 1) in PDF, following feedback from the recent clarification exercise. The web based rules will be live from the 1 August, replacing the 2018 to 2019 rules. The changes we have made are set out in the summary of changes which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page on GOV.UK.

  8. We have added a clarification version of the 2019 to 2020 apprenticeship funding rules. There are no major policy changes. However, we have simplified some sections of the apprenticeship funding rules with the aim of making them clearer. We are issuing these funding rules as a clarification version in PDF to give you the opportunity to provide feedback on how we can make them clearer or better understood. Please email any suggestions to fundingrules.comments@education.gov.uk by Friday 12 July 2019.

  9. We have updated the apprenticeship performance-management rules for training providers.

  10. First published.