|The apprenticeship levy may be used to cover up to 100% funding for the professional development of current school staff
What can schools spend the levy on?
A range of new apprenticeship standards are currently being developed by 'Trailblazer' employer groups. Some of these are aimed at school leaders and also support staff, including school business managers, teaching assistants, school administrators and more.
How will the funding for an apprenticeship work?
If your school is an employer contributing to the levy fund (from April 2017), then you should be able to access either the school’s apprenticeship account or the local authority’s apprenticeship account (for those schools whose staff pay bills are held by the local authority) to pay for the apprenticeship; payment is collected by HMRC via the PAYE system.
Even if your school doesn’t pay the apprenticeship levy you should be able to access up to 90% of the funding from the levy during 2018 (details still to be confirmed by the Institute for Apprenticeships).
Who is eligible?
Any current staff members over the age of 18 yrs. There will be a range of apprenticeship qualifications from Level 3 right up to Level 7 (Master’s level), so there should be a suitable qualification for most school staff.
When can I start?
Although a number of the new apprenticeship standards will commence from May 2017, those specifically being developed for school staff will not be available until Spring 2018 (subject to Institute for Apprenticeships approval), or even until late 2018 in some cases.
How does my school access the levy funding?
All schools who contribute monthly to the levy fund (i.e. those with a staffing budget exceeding £3m/year) will be allocated an 'apprenticeship services account' (DfE funding guidance document here). The school can access their digital account to draw down funds to pay a training provider (such as Serco). The account funds must be used within two years.
Many schools may find that they pay the levy as part of their local authority contribution. If this is the case, speak to the finance team at your local authority to find out how you can access these funds.
What apprenticeships will Serco Education offer?
Serco has been a provider of apprenticeship training for many years, and now, through Serco Education, we are aiming to introduce apprenticeship qualifications specifically for school staff, from Level 3 up to Level 7 (Level 4 to 7 apprenticeships are sometimes referred to as ‘higher apprenticeships’).
The following apprenticeships should be available (subject to Institute for Apprenticeships approval) from Serco and our SBM Partner, Adfecto, from Spring 2018 (details correct at January 2018):
- Level 4 School Business Professional - click here for information
- Level 6 CMDA for School Professionals degree apprenticeship (in the pipeline for Spring/Summer 2018)
- Level 3 Teaching Assistant (later in 2018)
- Level 3 School Business Administrator (later in 2018)
- Level 7 Senior Leaders Masters Degree (School Leaders) (due Autumn 2018)
This section only summarises the key points of the government’s trailblazer apprenticeship scheme. (‘Trailblazers’ refers to the employer-led groups that are developing the various apprenticeship standards).
For more information, please visit the government’s official apprenticeship area or contact us directly (see below). Further documentation and information about apprenticeships and levy funding published on the main Gov.UK website can also be found here.
Summary - Ready, Levy, Go!
Up to 100% funding is available to spend on current school staff – you do not need to recruit new employees to take advantage of the scheme.
Non-levy paying schools may be able to access up to 90% funding in 2018 (details to be confirmed by the government).
Specialist apprenticeship qualifications, at various levels, for school staff should be available later in 2018 – you can register your interest simply by emailing us now (with no commitment to join an apprenticeship) and we will update you once more details become available.
To register interest in one, or more, of the above proposed apprenticeship standards please email us now: firstname.lastname@example.org
Enquiries: 01452 727272 (office hours)