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SME Employers

Skills Training UK has a long and successful track record of working in partnership with Small and Medium Sized (SME) employers to design and deliver training through apprenticeships for new and existing staff.

Working in partnership, we:

  • Help you to upskill current staff in line with your business and workforce goals
  • Use our recruitment service to bring new talent into your business
  • Help you to understand how the funding and financial incentives work
  • Appoint trainer assessors with relevant industry experience

The level of skills growth achieved by Skills Training UK has assisted in promoting dramatic workplace process improvements, cultural changes, increased productivity and securing the long-term business future.

Ian Binns, Commercial Director, PACE

If your business or organisation has an annual wage bill of less than £3m then you do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

As a smaller employer you pay just 5% of the cost of the Apprenticeship Standard and the Government pays 95%. Each Apprenticeship Standard has an agreed ‘funding band’ which can be anything between £1,500 and £27,000 depending on its level and complexity.

The payments for apprenticeships training are made through the Government’s Digital Apprenticeship Service by setting up your own online account which we can guide you on.

As an SME you can add up to ten apprenticeship programmes onto your account at any given time.

For frequently asked questions click here.


SME financial incentives include:

  • The Government meets the full cost of apprenticeships for those aged 18 and under if you have fewer than 50 employees.
  • £1,000 for recruiting a 16–18-year-old apprentice or a 19–24-year-old apprentice who has additional learning needs or has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  • Additional incentives for skills recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. See here

The training programme provided by Skills Training UK has enabled our employees to change their ways of thinking and drive efficiencies in their working areas.

Denise Spencer, HR Business Partner, Martindale Pharma

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