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 We work with your business to ensure you can maximize the benefits of the funding options  available. Make the process as hassle-free as possible with our years of expertise navigating Government services. 



The apprenticeship levy is a form of taxation designed to help companies offer more apprenticeships. Introduced by the Government in 2017, the levy is payable by all UK employers with a pay bill over £3m.

Your levy payment is taken through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process alongside tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs). You are responsible for declaring the amount you must pay monthly, the month after you have calculated the liability.

It is then stored in a fund which can be accessed to help pay for apprenticeship training costs.

Levy funds should only be used for training and assessment of apprentices, including end-point assessment (EPA). They cannot be used to pay for apprentice wages, travel costs or capital expenditure.

If you don’t spend your levy fund after 24 months, the Government will remove it from your account to use elsewhere in the budget system.

While the levy might be a significant cost for your business, it can also present a great opportunity to drive new skills and enhance productivity. We work closely with levy paying employers to ensure e you utilise it for maximum impact and benefit.


What is the AEB?

The Adult Education Budget (AEB) provides individuals aged 19 and above with the skills and learning required to progress, be that in the workplace or into further education such as an apprenticeship.

Employers can also utilize AEB to improve or refresh the skills of their current workforce, and learners can benefit from AEB training to gain new skills, improve progression opportunities, or support a career change.

With the AEB, you can:

  • Fund anyone aged 19-23 to get a whole level 2 or 3 qualifications, if they don’t already have one. If you are aged 24+ you may need to contribute to some costs.

  • Fully fund low-waged learners aged 24+ to get a first whole level 2 or 3 qualifications.

  • Fully fund anyone who is unemployed for any qualification or course up to level 2.

  • Fully fund any low waged individual, for whom English is not their first language, to improve their language skills and knowledge up to level 2.

  • Fully fund English and maths, up to and including level 2, for individuals aged 19 and over, who have not previously achieved a GCSE grade A* - C or grade 4, or higher.


The Adult Education Budget is shared out around the country and is split between combined authorities and national funding. It is accessed through local training providers and colleges. It  is available to both individuals and employers who want to upskill their workforce.


To be eligible for the AEB funding, learners must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be aged 19 or over (if aged between 19 and 23, you must already have a level 2 or equivalent qualification)

  • Must not have previously completed the course you are wanting to enroll on

  • Must have been living in the EU for the last 3 years

  • Must live in England

You can check the eligibility of your learners and register your business for funding through the Skills Funding Service or message us directly and we will guide you through the process.


What is the National Skills Fund?

The National Skills Fund aims to help adults train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects and support the economy.

The government is investing £2.5 billion in it to support the immediate economic recovery after the pandemic and support future skills needs by boosting the supply of skills that employers require.

The fund will give adults access to Level 3 qualifications. Hundreds of courses have been carefully selected to support adults to gain skills leading to jobs in various sectors.

Who is eligible for funding?

Learners must:

  • Be aged 19 years or over

  • Live in England

  • Not hold, or have previously held, a full Level 3 qualification in any subject area.

Funding is accessed through training providers and colleges through their ESFA contract or subcontracted through a devolved combined authority region.

Get in touch to find out how the National Skills Fund could benefit your business and to check the eligibility of potential learners.



The ESFA has published the updated rules and regulations regarding apprenticeship funding for 2022-23. System Group as always are here to support you and your apprentices to ensure that all parties have the best possible experience. With that in mind, we have put together a short overview document to outline all of the changes for 22-23, as well as provide links to useful information including the official ESFA publications.

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