Apprenticeships

Apply for funding from our apprenticeship levy

The apprenticeship levy is a payment the government requires from UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. It is charged at the rate of 0.5% of an employer's pay bill. Employers receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment.

As an employer, Thurrock Council pays the apprenticeship levy. Government rules allow us to transfer up to 25% of our levy funds to support other Thurrock employers as they improve skills and knowledge of the local workforce.

Employers can use this funding either for new apprentices or for current employees who undertake a new apprenticeship. Funds can be used towards training and assessment to meet apprenticeship standards – they cannot be used for apprenticeship frameworks.

Advice and support

For information on employing an apprentice, funding for apprenticeships, and the apprenticeship levy, go to GOV.UK: Apprenticeships.

The Institute for Apprenticeships can help you search the range of apprenticeships available and find local organisations to provide training. If you're using a levy transfer, training providers will treat you as if you were a levy payer yourself, so when using the institute's 'Find apprenticeship training providers' service you should select 'Yes' when asked if you're a levy payer.

You can get more advice and support from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), including video guides on the ESFA Digital blog.

Who can apply for funding

To apply for funding from our apprenticeship levy, employers must:

If you need help with registering for the apprenticeship service, or advice and support to start an apprenticeship, contact the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk.

How to apply for 2020/21 funding

To receive funding from our 2020/21 levy, you must apply for payment towards apprentices who started their training no later than Wednesday 31 March 2021.

Apply for apprenticeship levy transfer

Applications are limited to one per employer. When applying, you will need to provide:

  • the name and level of the apprenticeship standard
  • how many apprenticeships you're offering
  • details of your apprenticeship training provider
  • the cost of training, including end point assessment
  • the expected start date
  • a copy of your employer and public liability insurance certificate

The application period will remain open until all available funding has been allocated, which can be no later than 31 March 2021. We will allocate funding on a first come, first served basis.

We will let you know whether your application has been successful. Any offer we make is subject to the apprentice starting their qualification no later than 31 March 2021. If this deadline is missed, our offer will be withdrawn automatically.