About Apprenticeship Levy

Employer Apprenticeship Levy

On 1st May 2017, the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Some employers will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy (payable from April 2017 payroll onwards), and there will be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for all employers.

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have been officially approved by the Skills Funding Agency and added to the first Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). This achievement now allows us to offer you a joined up recruitment and training solution through our dedicated Apprenticeship & Training division.

The changes to the way Apprenticeships are delivered and funded are significant and therefore we are keen to meet with businesses of all sizes to discuss how the reforms will affect them and, if appropriate, plan how their levy requirements can be implemented to provide the greatest return.


Click here to read the latest government information about how the Apprenticeship Levy and funding will work.

Click here to view an online calculator to see how the Apprenticeship Levy and funding changes could affect your business.

Click here to access a list of the Apprenticeship Standards currently available or under development.

Employer Training Grants

The world of grants and funding can be complex and daunting. At Bellis Training, we’re here to help you make sense of it all and to find out quickly and easily what you might be able to apply for, in order to develop your staff.


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Apprenticeship Grant for Employers

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will provide grants to eligible employers who wish to recruit apprentices aged 16-24. Find out more about Apprenticeships below.

This grant is available up until 31st December 2015

Who's Eligible?

To be eligible your recruit should:

  • Be aged 16-24
  • Have been living in England for a minimum of three years
  • Not be in part-time of full-time education
  • Not be a graduate
  • Apprentices who are progressing from Level 2 to 3 are not eligible for the grant if they received it for Level 2

To be eligible your business must:

  • Employ fewer than 50 employees in the UK
  • Not be able to recruit an apprentice without this grant
  • Not had any employee start and Apprenticeship in the 12 month period before the start date of this apprentice

Any updates to the grant rules will be published by the Skills Funding Agency.

What can my Business Claim?
  • Up to a maximum of 5 Apprenticeship grants, each worth £1,500
  • You do not have to wait 12 months between the first, and any subsequent grant applications
  • Employers become eligible for the grant payment once the learner has been signed up onto an Apprenticeship and evidence of the learning has been completed beyond 13 weeks of the start of the Apprenticeship
What is my Business Committing to?
  • You will need to employ the individual for 12+ months, until they have completed their Apprenticeship
  • You must agree to pay the employee the legal minimum wage for an apprentice, or more to attract the best applicants to your business
  • You need to check that you have not breached any State Aid rules that prevent you from claiming the grant. We can give you more details on this
Further Information (Leaflets)
Could Apprenticeships Help Move Your Business Forward?

More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use Apprenticeships to deliver real returns to their business, improving both productivity and competitiveness.

Hiring a new apprentice can help foster new

ideas and ways of working, and training them can be more cost-effective than hiring already skilled staff, lower your training and recruitment costs.

You can also use Apprenticeships to help develop your existing staff, boost performance and morale, and reduce staff turnover.

Bellis Training haS helped businesses like yours take on over 5,000 apprentices over the years. It’s worked for them, and we have the expertise and understanding to make it work for you too.

Fill Your Skills Gap

Apprentices are designed around your business needs to provide the skilled workers you need to keep pace with the latest technology, enabling you to stay ahead of your competitors.

Motivate Your Workforce

Apprentices are eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. An apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and commit to a career with you.

Did You Know?
  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% say that Apprenticeships lead to higher overall productivity
  • 80% feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
  • 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future
  • 88% believe that Apprenticeships lead to more motivated and satisfied workforce


If you have any questions or require further information, please feel free to contact us on:

01527 592666

Our Employment Charter

We will respond to all enquiries in a professional and timely manner by

Responding to telephone calls quickly and to telephone messages within 1 working day

Feeding back to telephone enquires within 1 working day

Acknowledging email or written enquires within three working days

Arranging for an interview or Organisational Needs Analysis (ONA) with Bellis Training Ltd within ten working days

Before entry into any Training Agreement, we will offer you

A member of the Business Development Team will visit you to discuss and identify your business needs and undertake an Organisational Needs Analysis (ONA) to assist in this process.

Once your business need is identified, we will offer appropriate solutions to meet that need, at a time and a place to suit you and your staff.

If we are unable to provide appropriate solutions to your organisation’s training needs, we will refer you to either a brokerage service or an alternative provider.

At the start of a programme

A designated Training Coordinator who will act as a ‘one-stop shop’ throughout the training program to deal with and resolve any potential queries or issues quickly and efficiently.

Clear and accurate information about the course content, duration, times, assessments/exams.

Information relating to how progress is reviewed.

Information about Bellis Training, our Centre policies, and procedures accessing learning resources and the facilities available.

Additional learning support, should extra assistance be required.

Information/Training in Safeguarding your employee (in line with current statutory legislation)

During the programme we will provide

High-quality training which takes into account individual learning needs.

Programmes which start and finish promptly.

Progress reviews and regular feedback from tutors at agreed intervals.

The opportunity for employers and employees to evaluate the impact of the training.

We ask employers to

Provide members of the Bellis Development Team with the necessary information to assist in identifying the most appropriate solution to meet your business needs.

Sign the Organisational Needs Analysis Summary to ensure that we are able to measure impact from the underlying business needs that are initially identified.

Keep us informed of changes in circumstances of any employee who is undertaking a training programme with us, or if you’re training requirements change.

Inform us promptly if we have not provided the service standards expected, or if you have concerns about the progress of your employees.

Brief learners about the nature of the training and any pre-work required the organisation’s objectives in sending them on the programme, and how they will be debriefed after the event.

Support your staff, allowing sufficient time for the employees to attend sessions, assessments and/or exams.

Ensure a safe working environment, which is fully compliant with current Health & Safety and Safeguarding legislation.

We ask employees to

Make a positive commitment to the programme and strive to achieve their individual learning goals.

Be punctual and attend all sessions.

Complete and submit work on time.

Agree to the Assessment plans in the work place.

Health & Safety – On our sites we will provide

A positive, professional and accessible learning environment for learners.

Information about Health & Safety and Safeguarding, in addition to other relevant policies and procedures of the Centre (copies available on request).

Risk Assessments, where appropriate.


Bellis Training Limited is supported by EU and Government funding, and recognises that it has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of all learners. Both the Centre and its partners are committed to promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults receiving education and training.

For more details, please contact the centre for advice on Safeguarding issues.

Bellis Training is committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all those who study, work or are linked to the Centre. Both the Centre and its partners are committed to widening participation and to the removal of barriers to achievement.

If you have a problem

In the first instance please speak to your designated Training Coordinator. If the problem or complaint cannot be resolved.


Please contact the Bellis Training Centre Manager Nicola Hall on 01527 592666 or email nicola@bellistraining.co.uk


If you would like further information and advice, please contact us at:


Bellis Training Limited

Kingfisher Shopping Centre
Canon Newton House 2nd Floor
Evesham Walk



B97 4HA

Tel No. 01527 592666


Email: office@bellistraining.co.uk