In October 2017, the Department for Education approved new postgraduate teaching apprenticeships due to start in September 2018. These were intended to be largely funded by schools themselves using their apprenticeship levy funds, although some are government-funded.
From April 2018, levy payers are able to transfer 10% of their apprenticeship levy pot to another employer, providing large companies with the opportunity to transfer some of their unused levy pot to a school to help fund teaching apprenticeships. EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, has pointed to this possibility, seeing it as a potential solution to recruitment shortages in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) teachers.
The policy only promised to “explore” funding apprenticeships in this way, but the government has actively implemented this initiative, so we’re classifying it as ‘done’.
Following low take-up of the levy transfer scheme, the October 2018 Budget announced an increase in permissible transfer amounts from 10% up to 25%. We’ll keep an eye out for evidence of just how many teaching apprenticeships receive funding via this mechanism, so follow this policy for updates.