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Posted By Apprenticeships Directory on 04/04/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

Transferring apprenticeship service funds to another employer, For the first phase, employers can transfer up to 10% of their annual funds to one other employer. The number of employers they can make a transfer to will increase over time

Transferring apprenticeship service funds to another employer, For the first phase, employers can transfer up to 10% of their annual funds to one other employer. The number of employers they can make a transfer to will increase over time

Transferring apprenticeship service funds to another employer

From April employers who pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer apprenticeship service funds to other organisations to pay for their apprenticeship training and assessment.

Transfers will give employers more flexibility and help larger employers to support smaller employers in taking on more apprenticeships.

For the first phase, employers can transfer up to 10% of their annual funds to one other employer. The number of employers they can make a transfer to will increase over time and after user feedback from the first phase.

Key dates:

  • Levy-paying employers who use the apprenticeship service will be able to see their transfer allowance at the end of April (the 10%).
  • They will be able to make a transfer to one other organisation from May.
  • The receiving organisation will be able to start adding apprentice commitments from May.
  • For these new commitments, training providers can then be paid from June.




Government guidance published in February explained that there are no restrictions on who employers can transfer funds to, except that they have to be registered on the apprenticeship service.

The ESFA advised those transferring the funds to be aware of “the funding rules around transferring apprenticeship funds, which will be published at a later date”.

Once a transfer is made, it can’t be refunded “to the sending employer”.


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