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Personal and Professional Development


What is the apprenticeship levy?

From the 6th of April 2017, the University has been placing 0.5% of employee earnings into a “pot” which it can either use to upskill existing employees or use to train newly employed apprentices.


How can you turn the levy into an opportunity?

The Levy can be used in multiple ways:

  • You can upskill your current experienced staff and support their development of skills needed going forward.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Levy to bring in fresh, enthusiastic, new people with the right talent and training to help further grow your department.

Using the Apprenticeship Levy can help nurture expertise within the University as well as help produce operational change to improve productivity.

Apprenticeships provide positive economic and social benefits, such as reducing staff turnover and providing a more motivated and satisfied workforce.  Apprentices are here to learn from existing workers and not to replace them.


You can spend levy money on

You can't spend levy money on

  • apprenticeship training
  • apprenticeship end-point assessment
  • equipment used to achieve the apprenticeship framework
  • accommodation costs for residential modules
  • Registration and examination (including certification) costs associated with mandatory qualifications can be claimed
  • apprentice/staff wages
  • statutory licences to practise
  • travel and subsidiary costs 
  • traineeships
  • work placement programmes
  • cost of setting up or running an apprenticeship programme
  • managing agents and those providing a brokerage service to an employer