Apprenticeship funding

Apprenticeship funding

Learn the basics of apprenticeship funding with our easy-to-follow guide. We can provide expert advice and guidance on apprenticeship funding.

Guide to government funding for apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are funded in different ways depending on the type of apprenticeship your apprentice is on, and whether they do their training in England or Scotland.

Below is a simplified guide to the government funding available.

Still not sure how funding works? No problem. If you want to know the specifics for your apprenticeship programme, request a call back from our expert team.

Apprenticeship Funding

Funding in England


In England, government will fund 90% of the total cost of your apprenticeship and employers will contribute 10% of the total cost. 

Do you pay the apprenticeship levy?

If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you will use the apprenticeship service to spend your available funds on apprenticeship training. If you have used all your levy funds, but still require additional apprenticeships, the above funding rules will apply. Find out more about the apprenticeship levy here.

Additional incentives

If you’re an employer with less than 50 employees, the Government will fund the total cost of the apprenticeship for 16-18 year old apprentices. For apprentices aged 19 and over, the 10% employer contribution will be applied.

2. All employers will be eligible to receive a £1,000 incentive payment for each 16-18 year old apprentice. Payment will be made to employers by the training provider in two equal instalments at 3 and 12 months.

This incentive also applies to 19-24 year olds who have previously been in care, or who have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care plan.

Funding in Scotland

Scotland SVG

In Scotland, apprenticeship training and assessment is either fully or partially funded as follows.

  • Apprentices aged 16-19 years – 100% funded by the Scottish Government via SDS
  • Apprentices aged 20-24 years – partially funded by the Scottish Government via SDS

Download our apprenticeship funding guide

Click on the card below to download the apprenticeship funding guide which contains more information about how apprenticeship funding works and what it means for you.

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