According to recent figures published by the Department for Education approximately 11,000 levy paying employers are yet to sign up to the online levy system which allows businesses to spend their allowance.
Are you a levy-paying employer and unsure of the next steps? Fear not as Northern Skills Group
have provided a quick run-down of the whats, the whos and the whys so you know how to access your digital allowance and use it to support your workforce development plan.
First things first,
In order to access your account you'll need to:
- Create an account
- Add your organisation (s)
- Add your PAYE schemes
- Add members to your account to use the service
In order to link to your PAYE schemes to your digital account you will need to have your Government Gateway login details to hand. If you do not have this we would advise speaking with a member of your finance department as they may need to set up the account on your behalf. Any confidential information will not be viewable or accessible by whoever enters the Government Gateway login details.
You will also need to include details of each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for apprenticeship training, this will include the Companies House or charity number if applicable.
Registering Multiple Organisations
If your organisation is part of multiple connected companies or charities you will need to add each organisation to your account. This will only be organisations who are in an agreement with a training provider to deliver apprenticeship training. There are no restrictions on the number of connected companies or charities you can add to your account however a single PAYE scheme cannot be linked to multiple accounts.
For example, you will not be able to create three separate accounts for three organisations and link them to the same PAYE scheme, instead you will need to create one account and add the three connected organisations to it.
My account is active, now what?
After creating your account, the balance for any declared levy will be visible in your account in the following month. For example if you have declared levy for May 2017, you will see the balance for this at the end of June 2017.
Soon after setting up your account, you will also receive a notification to accept an agreement from the ESFA (The Education and Skills Funding Agency). Please accept this as soon as possible as this will impact on your permissions, once accepted you will be able to update information about training or apprentices, authorise payments and view payment activity,
Northern Skills Group's specialist team can work with you to plan a workforce development solution that is tailored to your business needs and makes the most of the apprenticeship levy. Call 03453 40 40 40 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an informal discussion or company visit.