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New funding rules
From 1st May 2017, the ESFA funding rules state that employers must provide at least 20% “off-the-job” training to their apprentices. The core focus of this training is to teach the apprentice new skills, rather than assessing existing ones.
Employers must ensure that this training equates to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted working hours. There’s no stipulation on how this time must be split, so employers can decide what works best for their business.
10% contribution for non-levy paying employers
If your total pay bill is less than £3m per annum, you’re classed as a non-levy paying employer and therefore you’ll be expected to make a 10% contribution towards the cost of your apprentice’s training (with the exception for learners aged 16 – 18 if you employ fewer than 50 staff).
The government will pay the remaining 90% up to a maximum amount of funding allowed for the apprenticeship. You’ll be expected to meet, in full, any cost which is above the funding band maximum.