The Apprenticeship Levy is part of the government's plan to increase the number and quality of Apprenticeships. The Levy is a new tax which aims to fund three million new Apprenticeships in England by 2020. All UK employers who have a total employee pay bill above £3m a year will pay the Levy. This includes public and private sector, charities and educational providers such as academy groups and universities. If an orgnaisation has a pay bill less than £3m it will not have to pay the Levy. In England, organisations will still be able to access government support for apprenticeships through other training providers.
You can buy-in from a provider or deliver the training yourselves, but the training must be delivered by an approved provider. If you are a provider and wish to deliver apprenticeships, your organisation needs to register as an approved provider and will be subject to Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) quality arrangements and Ofsted Inspection.