Apprenticeship funding

Funding is different depending on whether you’re a non-apprenticeship levy payer or a levy payer. 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.

Click the regions below to view various public bodies around the country who explain what opportunities there are for giving and receiving levy transfers in your area.


West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthcare Partnership

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Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire STP

Somerset Education and Business Partnership

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent   

New Anglia LEP (Norfolk & Suffolk)

Liverpool City Region

West Midlands Combined Authority 

Greater Manchester 

SW London HCP


Brighton and Hove





The process is described in detail on webpage 'Apprenticeships funded by transfer of levy funds'.

 After 24 months, the government will reclaim it.

There is no national system but there are a number of areas who are facilitating and encouraging levy transfers, including social care providers. We will update this list as we become aware of them. If you know of another area where this is happening, you can let us know via

If you’re a non-levy paying organisation, you’ll 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.

Non-levy payers can now access the government’s digital Apprenticeship Service. For more information on the benefits and how to access this go to Education and Skills Funding Agency. 

Download our non-levy paying employer’s journey for apprenticeships.

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.

Download our levy paying employer’s journey to apprenticeships.

Levy fund transfer

If levy paying employers can’t or don’t want to spend their levy by the deadline, they’re currently able to transfer up to 25% of their levy funds to another employer. The full Government guidance is available here.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has created a useful video all about the apprenticeship levy transfer, providing information for organisations wanting to transfer their levy or organisations looking to receive transferred levy funds. Click here to watch the video.

For all employers, there is also a system of incentive payments if:

  • you’re a small organisation

  • employ 16-18 year olds

  • employ a care leaver

  • and also upon completion.

In some cases these incentive payments may be more than your original cash contribution.

Find out more here.

The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is money to towards the cost of qualifications and learning programmes to support the continuing professional development of staff across adult social care services in England.

Employers can claim funding in two stages for learners on the Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker apprenticeship standards – upon completion of the diploma and after the end-point assessment has been passed.

Find out more here.