Costs and Funding Information for Employers



Do you employ under 50 people?


  • Min wage is £3.70ph + travelling expenses
  • 16-18 no training fee + £1000 incentive payment
  • 19-24 leaving care or with EHC no cost + £1000 incentive payment
  • 19+ 5% fee of the training costs


Payroll under £3million per year and 50+ employees


  • Min wage is £3.70ph + travelling expenses
  • 16-18 10% fee of the training costs + £1000 incentive payment
  • 19+ 5% fee of the training costs


Payroll over £3million per year


  • Min wage is £3.70ph + travelling costs
  • 16-18 £1000 incentive payment
  • 0.5% of payroll taken by HMRC, accessed only through DAS.
  • Price agreed with Training Provider for training
  • Levy accessed through DAS
  • Funds expire after 2 years
  • If funds are used up, 5% fee of any additional apprenticeship training costs



Apprenticeship Guidelines


Basic wage £3.70 per hour minimum pay, from March 2017.


  • This basic wage applies to the first 12 months for all apprentices, you can choose to pay more.
  • From month 13, if an apprentice is 19 years old or over, the age related minimum wage applies.
  • If you offer close to the minimum wage, Bath College also ask you to assist with the cost of travel to college and to the place of work.


An apprentice should be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week.


  • The 30 hours includes any college study / day release time.
  • If they are under 18 years old, the working week should not exceed 40 hours. 18+ can work longer by agreement.
  • The status of an apprentice is employee. You should issue the same terms and conditions as you offer other employees. If evening, night and weekend working is required, this is an options and it is up to you to discuss with the potential apprentices.
  • From August 2018, care leavers aged 16-24 who choose to start an apprenticeship will receive a £1000 bursary to help the transition into the workplace. The £1,000 bursary will be paid once to each care leaver in the eligible age range. This comes in addition to the £1,000 incentive payment we provide to employers (if eligible).


Prior to starting the apprenticeship, if you are taking on someone who is not an existing student, or who you are not already familiar with, you may wish to consider offering a short trial period.


Day release at College is required for some apprenticeship frameworks (to study for the technical certificate, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, Employee rights and responsibilities, embedding British Values both in the workplace and day release). Attendance at college is counted towards the apprenticeship hours employed.


The location for day release will be either: City Centre Campus (Bath) or Somer Valley Campus (Westfield/Radstock).


Core subjects of Maths, English and ICT may need to be studied alongside the technical certificate.


  • These study sessions are likely to be block study sessions during a half term, specific details to be confirmed later.
  • An exam will be taken at Functional Skills Level 1 or 2 as appropriate, when the required level is reached.


An assessor will complete visits to assess and review progress at between 6 and 12 week intervals, as necessary, which will involve the apprentice and employer. The assessor will also arrange meetings with the apprentice at an interval that will be agreed individually according to the needs of the apprentice.



Course Fees


If you are interested in finding out more about how Apprenticeships can help your business, then please complete our online enquiry form or alternatively email employers@bathcollege.ac.uk.



Apprenticeship Levy


In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy, and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.


The apprenticeship levy requires all employers operating in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to make an investment in apprenticeships. You can benefit from this investment by training apprentices.


You will need to pay the apprenticeship levy if you are an employer, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million each year. For the purposes of the levy, an ‘employer’ is someone who is a secondary contributor, with liability to pay Class 1 secondary National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for their employees.


The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of your annual pay bill. You will have a levy allowance of £15,000 per year to offset against the levy you must pay. This means you will only pay the levy if your pay bill exceeds £3 million in a given year.


You will pay the levy to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process.


Apprenticeship changes from April 2017 for employers with a payroll under £3 million per year.

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