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Developing your apprenticeship strategy

The levy is here – are you prepared?

In April 2017, the government introduced a new apprenticeship levy that has financial implications for businesses. Large employers with a pay bill over £3 million now have to pay an annual apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their pay bill, which can only be recouped when they employ and train apprentices.

Businesses will also receive a £15,000 annual allowance and an additional contribution of 10% on their monthly levy allocation.

How we can help you

If you want to make sure you get the best results from your apprenticeship levy payment, our consultants are on hand to help.

We specialise in creating apprenticeship strategies for hospitality, passenger transport, travel, tourism and retail businesses.

Whether you’re new to apprenticeships or already delivering them, our team of experts can work with you to:

  • Help you understand what the apprenticeship levy means and how it will impact your business
  • Help you understand the new apprenticeship standards for hospitality, retail, travel, aviation and bus and coach, and how your existing training could contribute
  • Develop an apprenticeship strategy to ensure your business maximises its return on the levy investment
  • Recruit and select apprentices and develop career pathways
  • Help you identify progression routes to get your existing employees onto apprenticeships
  • Create a communications and engagement strategy to drive apprenticeships forward in your business
  • Source a quality-assured college or training provider

Why work with People 1st?

  • We’re impartial – as we don’t deliver apprenticeships ourselves, we give 100% objective advice that will help you decide the best way to use apprenticeships in your organisation
  • We’re the experts – we worked with over 200 organisations across the visitor economy to develop the new apprenticeship standards for the hospitality, retail, travel, aviation and bus and coach industries
  • We’re here for you – we deliver tailored solutions that make sure you get the best value from your levy payments

You can’t get out of paying the apprenticeship levy – but you can make sure that you’re getting the most from your investment!


“It was clear from day one that People 1st genuinely has a deep expert understanding of how the levy can be used to maximise the benefits of the new apprenticeships."
Read the full case study here.

Margaret Mitchell, Head of Human Resources, Center Parcs Ltd