If your organisation does not pay into the Apprenticeship Levy, Apprenticeship funding is broken down across the following age groups:

Apprentice is aged 16-18*  

If the employer has less than 50 employees the apprentice is fully Government funded (including 19-24 year olds with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan).

All apprentices aged 16-18 attract a £1,000 employer incentive payable in installments at 3 and 12 month intervals.


Apprentice is aged 19+* Apprentice is co-funded. The employer must make a 10% contribution to the cost of training directly to the training provider.


Apprentice has a level 4 or higher* The Government will  co-fund learners with a level 4 or higher qualification to work towards a lower level Apprenticeship if this
allows the individual to acquire substantive new skills and the content of the training is
materially different from any prior training or a previous apprenticeship.


*To be eligible for an Apprenticeship learners should usually be in paid employment working 30 hours or more.

If none of the above applies learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

Employers can also apply for the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE grant).