In order to spend funds in your Digital Apprenticeship Service account, you will need to follow this process.
1. Choose your training provider
You can use the ‘Find Apprenticeship Training’ service to select an approved provider.
Organisations that are listed on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) have been through an application process with the SFA that considers due diligence, capability, quality and financial health to assess their capability to deliver high-quality Apprenticeship training.
There are two different types of Apprenticeships to choose from:
- Apprenticeship Standards - each standard covers a specific occupation and sets out the core skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need; they are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’
- Apprenticeship Frameworks - a series of work-related vocational and professional qualifications, with workplace- and classroom-based training.
If you select a standard, you must use a training provider that is on the RoATP such as Seevic College.
2. Agree a price and payment schedule
As we would like to be your selected training provider, we would negotiate and agree a total price for each Apprenticeship, which includes the costs of training and assessment.
For Standards this must include the cost of the end-point assessment agreed with the apprentice assessment organisation. We go through the contract including all payment details and a full schedule of your selected Apprenticeship delivery program - if you are happy, we proceed to Step 3.
3. Pay for training and assessment with funds
If you’re a Levy payer:
Once the Apprenticeship training you’ve bought has started, monthly payments will be taken from your Digital Apprenticeship Service account and sent to the college.
You will see funds entering your account each month after you have declared the Levy to HMRC, and funds leaving the account each month as you pay the amount agreed for the training.
If you do not have enough funds in your account to pay for training in a particular month, we will ask you to share the remaining cost of training and assessing your apprentices for that month with the Government. We call this ‘co-investment’.
With ‘co-investment’, you will pay 10% of the outstanding balance for that month, and the Government will pay the remaining 90% up to the funding band maximum. If your costs go over the maximum, then you must pay the difference out of your own budget.
If you’re a Non Levy payer:
You will need to make a payment of 10% of the training cost agreed, which we will invoice you for. We then collect the 90% from the ESFA (usually monthly instalments) but only after we can evidence your part payment.