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Funding and Apprenticeship Levy

The Employer Training & Apprenticeships team are here to support you to make the most of available funding. If you are looking to develop your apprenticeship and levy strategy, get in touch for a free consultation and advice on the best apprenticeship programmes for your organisation. 

Apprenticeship incentives

The following government incentives are available for all employers in England for each new apprentice they hire:

For apprentices who join your organisation between 1 April 2021 and 31 January 2022

  • £3,000 for every new apprentice of any age
  • An additional £1,000 for every new apprentice aged 16-18

That’s a total of up to £4,000 per apprentice hired paid directly to your business.

For apprentices who joined your organisation between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021

  • £2,000 for every new apprentice aged 16-24
  • £1,500 for every new apprentice aged 25 and over
  • An additional £1,000 for every new apprentice aged 16-18

That's a total of up to £3000 per apprentice hired paid directly to your business.

To apply for these incentives, you need to set up and access the Apprenticeship Service

Our team have prepared a helpful guide to talk you through setting up your account.


We are here to help. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated Employer Training & Apprenticeships team for support.

Funding for apprenticeship training

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you can use your levy funds to pay for apprenticeship training, whether that's bringing in new talent to the business, or upskilling existing employees.  We can support you to maximise your levy strategy and make the most of funding on offer.

If you are not a levy payer, (your wage bill is less than £3 million) you will contribute just 5% of the total cost of your apprenticeship training, the Government will pay the remaining 95%. 

If your company has less than 50 employees and you take on a 16-18 year old, you are entitled to receive the training completely free of charge.


Get in touch with our Employer Training & Apprenticeships team on 01452 563400 /, or by filling in the form below.




Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.