ESFA: training providers helping to test the apprenticeship service

Concluding the 2019 test phase for smaller employers, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy, and ensuring payment for apprenticeships added during the test period

The ESFA are grateful to the smaller employers, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy, and their related training providers, who have participated in the recent test of the apprenticeship service.

The ESFA are now looking at the steps that need to be taken to bring this part of testing to a close. They have written to all participating training providers and employers to explain what they need to do to conclude their test activity and to ensure that providers receive the right payment via the service.

If you were part of the testing, please ensure that you complete the required actions detailed in the letter the ESFA have sent. Further information can be found online.

Transition and testing – next steps

The ESFA recently announced further details for smaller employers who do not pay the levy on accessing the apprenticeship service from 2020. As we move through the transition phase the ESFA will continue to test the apprenticeship service for employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy and their associated training providers. This will be additional testing, therefore it is important that the ESFA take the steps described above to bring the current test to a close before they open the service more widely early next year.

For any queries, call the apprenticeship service on 0800 015 0600 or email helpdesk@manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk.

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