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Higher and Degree Apprenticeships funding

Government funding is available to assist in covering the costs of higher and degree apprenticeships. The Government operates an Apprenticeship Service which allows employers access to an online portal, from which they can easily select and pay for apprenticeship development. Funding available is determined by the apprenticeship levy, with the levy only applying to businesses with an annual wage bill over £3 million.

Apprenticeship levy

If your company does have an annual wage bill over £3 million, you will pay an apprenticeship levy which is 0.5% of your total wage bill, minus a £15,000 levy allowance. This is paid into the Digital Apprenticeship System monthly and funds are topped up by 10% by the Government. Funds are redeemable through employing apprentices which can be new or existing employees of the company.

Learn more about apprenticeship funding bands.

Government funding

If your company does not have an annual wage bill over £3 million, the Government will fund up to 95% of apprenticeship course fees up to the funding band maximum for all new starts. If your company has less than 50 employees, you can receive 100% apprenticeship funding for learners aged 16-19.

Learn more about apprenticeship funding bands.

ESF funded courses

Enhance your workforce and build skills for the future with fully funded University of Sunderland short courses through the European Social Fund (ESF). This is a fantastic opportunity to give a different dimension to your business and upskill the existing workforce through ESF funding. Whether you’re a new employer seeking opportunities to develop your workforce or an existing employer already collaborating with us through higher and degree apprenticeship schemes, this is the chance to enhance and motivate your team.

Learn more about ESF funding.

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