With changes swirling around the new apprenticeship provisions, end-point assessment (EPA) and other areas, we thought we’d take a moment to expand on something a lot of people seem to be confused about: funding bands.

What are funding bands, you might ask? Good question. The government’s new Trailblazer-led apprenticeship standards have been redesigned from the ground up by employers in various sectors. Regulated qualifications, to employers, were unsatisfactory, and the new Trailblazer apprenticeship standards will more closely meet the needs of the employers since the employers themselves designed them. 400 standards have been developed in areas as widely varied as Adult Care Worker, Hospitality Supervisor, Mortgage Adviser, Commis Chef and Rail Engineering Technician.

The delivery of training and assessment of these standards will be mostly funded by the government (with some exceptions). For organisations that pay the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, and for all other organisations after 2018, the government will be funding apprenticeship training and assessment for all apprentices.

The maximum amount of money allocated to each standard falls into one of 30 bands, ranging from £1,500 to £27,000. Here is a graph of which bands correspond to which level of funding:

Funding Band
Band Upper Limit
1
£1,500
2
£2,000
3
£2,500
4
£3,000
5
£3,500
6
£4,000
7
£4,500
8
£5,000
9
£6,000
10
£7,000
11
£8,000
12
£9,000
13
£10,000
14
£11,000
15
£12,000
16
£13,000
17
£14,000
18
£15,000
19
£16,000
20
£17,000
21
£18,000
22
£19,000
23
£20,000
24
£21,000
25
£22,000
26
£23,000
27
£24,000
28
£25,000
29
£26,000
30
£27,000

How TQUK Can Help You

The new apprenticeship standards are designed to improve upon what’s gone before and help with the apprentice’s initial journey into their chosen career, before you know it, they’ll be on the road to success.

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