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Apprenticeships: Paying the levy, reaping the rewards

The apprenticeship levy has been introduced, but what does it mean for the legal industry, wonders Emma Finamore

23 May 2017

Employers are being encouraged to take on more apprentices following the introduction of a new apprenticeship levy in April. Firms with a pay bill over £3m each year must pay into the levy, and can use it to fund their own apprenticeship programmes. The Law Society has estimated that at least 258 law firms – 2.7 per cent of all legal businesses – will be subject to the charge.

Funds in a firm’s apprenticeship service account – and funding provided by the government through co-investment – can fund apprenticeship training and end-point assessment. This must be with a government-approved training provider and assessment organisation, which can be found on the government website. Once the apprenticeship training has started, monthly payments will be automatically taken from employers’ accounts and sent to providers.

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