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Working with SEAC as an Apprenticeship Levy paying business

SEAC is an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency who offer a fully managed apprenticeship service, a key feature of which is that your company do not have to take on the responsibility of employing the apprentice direct. Under current rulings, however, you cannot use your levy contribution to pay for the delivery of apprenticeship training for apprentices employed by SEAC. This will change from April 2018 when you will be able to transfer 10% of your apprenticeship levy funds to pay for the apprenticeship delivery for apprentices employed by SEAC. More information about how transferring funds between organisations will work in practice is expected in autumn 2017.

To overcome this barrier SEAC have introduced an innovative funding model that will still allow you to use our service to engage with new apprentices whilst saving you “levy pot” to fund the upskilling and development of existing staff as part of your overall Workforce Development strategy.

For you to put an apprentice employed direct by your company /organisation through an apprenticeship programme, you will be required to pay 100% of the cost of delivering the apprenticeship from your “Digital Account” ;(Levy pot) direct to the Training provider.

For you to put an apprentice employed by SEAC through an apprenticeship programme it will be cost free for an apprentice aged 16-18* and for an apprentice aged 19+ it will cost you only 10% of the “Funding Cap” for the specific apprenticeship to be delivered rather than the 100% that you would pay from your levy pot. (NB: the 10% contribution cannot be funded from your levy pot.)

Apprenticeship Funding Caps

Funding caps for specific apprenticeships can vary enormously from £2,000 for an Apprenticeship in Animal Care up to £27,000 for a Civil Engineering Apprenticeship (we can advise you on specific apprenticeships that you might be interested in).

This model would not only free up your levy pot to use to develop existing staff through an apprenticeship route - for example to support a staff member through a degree apprenticeship, (more and more training providers are starting to offer degree apprenticeships within their portfolios) - but would mean that putting an apprentice through a level 2 or 3 programme via SEAC, would cost you significantly less with the added benefit of our full Apprenticeship Management Service (our service fee would still apply).

Why not contact us now to find out more:

Read our Apprenticeship Levy FAQs.

Further reading and resources: What is the Apprenticeship Levy and will it apply to my company?

*up to a maximum of £600 contribution