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.

Care Leavers apprenticeship bursary
The government has recently announced a change to funding to support care leavers who start an apprenticeships with a £1,000 bursary payment to support care leavers aged 16-24. This bursary will help to meet the costs incurred as they transition into work and support them in the first year of their apprenticeship, when wages can be lower for some apprentices.  The £1,000 bursary will be paid once to each care leaver in the eligible age range, when they start an apprenticeship.