Show as: Mobile

How Much of the Levy is Being Spent on Apprenticeships?

The Apprenticeship Levy Spend

Fast facts on the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, including the number of levy-supported apprenticeships and how much of the levy has been spent on apprenticeship training.

How much of the Apprenticeship Levy is being spent on learning for apprentices?

According to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) a total of £80 million was paid for learning from employer levy accounts for 2017, based on the December 2017 return from training providers. This excludes any additional co-investment, uplifts and additional payments.

(Source; ESFA Freedom of Information response, 1st March 2018)

How many apprenticeships have been funded by the Apprenticeship Levy?

There have been 67,200 levy supported starts since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017.

How much of the levy funding or co-investment can be spent on an individual apprenticeship?

The funding system is made up of 15 funding bands, with the upper limit of those bands ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. They outline the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards the the off the job training and assessment for and individual apprenticeship or that the government will co-invest. 

What apprenticeship level is the levy being spent on?

In quarter 1 2017/18, just under half of the levy supported starts (20,800) were at an advanced level, with 18,100 at intermediate level and 7,200 at higher level apprenticeships.

How much money will the Apprenticeship Levy raise in 2018-19?

It is forecast that the Apprenticeship Levy will raise £2.7 billion in 2018-19.

Download your free guide to apprenticeships for employers!

Highlights include:

  • Essential information on the government’s apprenticeship reform 
  • A clear explanation of government funding – for both levy- and non-levy-payers
  • How to formulate a winning apprenticeships strategy 
  • Guidance on finding the right training for your apprentices

Download Your Free Apprenticeships Guide
This field is used for controlling automatic form submits. Please leave it blank:
Contact Details

Ready to search for apprenticeship training?

Find an apprenticeship and connect with registered apprenticeship training providers who can deliver it.

Search for apprenticeship training

Last updated: 18 Jun 2018

You might also be interested in:

Last updated: 10/07/2019

Making the Most of the Apprenticeship Levy

How can L&D teams overcome resistance and challenges in order to truly leverage the levy?

To find out, we spoke to organisations who have been awarded for their apprenticeship strategy and asked them to share best practice in this emerging territory.

Read more
Last updated: 18/06/2018

How SMEs can Benefit from Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships aren't just for levy-paying employers, they can be a major benefit to businesses of all sizes. Find out more about how SMEs can make the most of apprenticeships and funding...

Read more
U.K. L&D Report: 2019 - Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy

Are you curious about the L&D strategies of some of the U.K.'s top companies?

Find out what they're up to in's second annual U.K. L&D Report!


Learn more


Good news! offers a free consultancy service to help compare training for you and your team. 


Request a free quote


Is your company looking to take on an apprentice?


Learn more


Download your free copy of the ultimate guide to apprenticeships for companies

  Download for free