This quick one-page guide is designed to help you find the best way to fund your apprenticeship programmes. There is a lot of support available, which we've summarised here, or from your chosen apprenticeship provider.

Please be aware, this is just a summary – please do follow the links and read carefully. Having an apprentice in the team should be a great opportunity to develop a new or existing employee and train them into a specific role, but there are responsibilities as an employer that needs to be managed.

The ESFA YouTube channel has lots of excellent videos as a starting point including how to register for the apprenticeship digital account service, adding users, reserving funds, recruiting an apprentice etc.

Health Education England has also produced a guide to help with reservations.

The reservation of funding pay for 95% of their training costs, payable to your chosen College or University or training provider. The employer is expected to fund the remaining 5%.

The levy reservation doesn’t pay the salary costs of your apprentice, or any expenses they might need as part of their work e.g. uniform, DBS check, travel to training, etc. They also have to be paid for all the components of the programme, so whilst at work and studying.

If you work in Primary or Social Care in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw you can approach the wider healthcare system for a levy transfer. This is where a large, levy-paying employer transfers to your digital account 100% of the apprenticeship cost. This is paid over the course of the apprenticeship and is then paid directly to the chosen training provider. In order to do this, please complete this form and contact Pam Case SYB ICS Apprenticeship Project Manager ( and request a transfer, though there is no guarantee of funding support.  In doing this, Pam will also raise your interest with HEE North to request a possible transfer from further afield.

Finally, you can go to the Co-op levy share site read their information, and register your interest in receiving a match through the portal.

It is also hoped that by the summer of 2021 the apprenticeship digital system itself will hold functionality to request a transfer. Details are limited now though.

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