Non-levy employer reservation levels

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Employers that do not pay the apprenticeship levy can reserve funds for up to 10 apprenticeship starts.

From 1 April 2021, all non-levy employer reservation levels will be reset to 0, enabling each employer who does not pay the Apprenticeship Levy to make up to 10 new reservations to fund new starts in the financial year 2021-22. 

Any reservations made before 1 April 2021 can be converted to starts within the reservations period. These will not count towards the number of reservations made in the financial year 2021-22.

Why there are reservation levels

For employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy, reservations give certainty that the government will pay for apprenticeship training while also managing the availability and affordability of apprenticeship funding for all employers.

We will continue to monitor the number of reservations used by employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy and we will keep this under review. We may pause reservations for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy within the financial year to ensure that the programme overall remains affordable.

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