A guide to apprenticeships for the school workforce

A guide to apprenticeships for the school workforce


In April 2017, the government changed the way it funds apprenticeships in England. Some employers are now required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there have been changes to funding for apprenticeship training for all employers. This guide provides information specific to schools on what apprenticeships are, how your school can use them to benefit its workforce, and how the apprenticeship levy and public sector target apply to schools. There are also links to further guidance and support.

Who is this publication for?
This guidance is for school leaders and governing bodies in all schools in England, and for local authorities too. It may also be of use to professional associations, unions and staff working with apprentices. Key steps for schools to take having read this guide Having read this guide, you should:

  • Consider how you can use apprenticeships in your school. Whether your school pays the levy or not, you can access co-investment to purchase apprenticeship training from an approved provider
  • Check whether your school is paying the levy (more information on how the levy applies to schools is on page 6)
  • Check whether your school is in scope of the public sector target
  • If your school is part of a larger employer group (for example, if a local authority or multi-academy trust is the employer), get in contact to agree how to access available funds to spend on apprenticeships

To read the full guidance document please click on the following link:


Toolkit by the LGA

Apprenticeships in Schools Toolkit

If you are a Bradford Local Authority School and would like any further information on the apprenticeship levy process please contact apprenticeships@bradford.gov.uk      

Maintained schools that come under the Councils levy must contact us first before arranging any apprenticeship training. 

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