Skills for Care

Funding is available to contribute towards the cost of apprenticeships. The funding is different depending on whether you’re a non-levy payer or a levy payer. 

Employers can also claim funding in two stages from the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) for learners on the Adult Care Worker, Lead Adult Care Worker, Lead Practitioner in Adult Care and Leader in Adult Care apprenticeship standards. Find out more about the WDF.



If you’re a UK employer with an annual payroll of more than £3m, you must pay a levy which can only be used for the training and assessment of apprentices in your organisation.

You’ll fund your apprenticeship through a digital levy account to which Government adds 10%. If the cost exceeds the credit in your account, the Government will contribute 95% of these extra costs. If you don't choose to use your levy or donate it the government will reclaim it after 24 months.

Download our levy paying employer’s journey to apprenticeships.


Non-levy payers

You will pay for 5% of the cost of the apprenticeship, up to the Government funding rate, and the Government will pay the rest of the cost to the learning provider.

Download our non-levy paying employer’s journey for apprenticeships resource. Non-levy payers can now access the government’s digital Apprenticeship Service. Find out more information on the benefits and how to access this on Education and Skills Funding Agency website.


Levy fund transfers

A levy-paying employer can choose to donate up to 25% of their apprenticeship levy fund to any other employer who can then use it to fund learning and assessment of their apprentices. See full government guidance on transferring unused apprenticeship funds

Watch The Education and Skills Funding Agency video  to find out about the apprenticeship levy transfer, providing information for organisations wanting to transfer their levy or organisations looking to receive transferred levy funds. 

If you are an organisation hoping to benefit from a levy transfer please read the 'Apprenticeship funding rules for employers'.


Incentive payment to recruitment apprentices

Do you work with employers who hired a new apprentice between 1 October 2021 and 31 January 2022?

If these apprentices had an apprenticeship start date between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, employers could be eligible for the £3,000 incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.

The deadline has now been extended. Applications close 20 May 2022.

Find out more and apply.


Funding to support functional skills

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Health Education England is now funding social care providers to support study in functional skills. This software can help people to improve their own skills in maths (numeracy), English (literacy) and IT (digital skills). Any questions should be directed to