The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is designed to help employers access new apprenticeship standards, training providers and funding for apprenticeships through an online service account. If you pay the apprenticeship levy, you will be able to access you 'levy allowance' of £15,000 to offset against your contribution to apprenticeship training costs.
You can spend your allowance on training from a government approved training provider and can use it to train new AND existing employees.
The DAS puts employers in control and allows you to access funding for apprenticeship training. It also allows you to choose the type of apprenticeships you want to run, the number of apprenticeships you take on, and the training provider that suits your needs.
If you are an employer you can set up an account with DAS in order to view all the apprenticeship standards ready for delivery. You can look at training providers who can deliver apprenticeship training and access any available funding.
How to create an account:
Your Levy funds are based on the levy amounts you declare to HMRC through your PAYE schemes.
In order to utilise funds from the Levy Account, you are required to sign a contract directly with the ESFA.
Before you can utilise the apprenticeship funding and add an apprentice to your DAS account, you must:
Once you have created the account you will be able to see a forecast and utilisation of the Levy funds.
You can set up other users, manage your apprenticeship delivery, view payments you’ve made to your training provider, see your balance and stop or pause a payment.
If you are ready to create your account then click here.
The DAS (Digital Apprenticeship Service) is changing, but what does this mean?
DAS was introduced in 2017 for levy-paying customers to access funds, search for training providers and to view their levy payments. The good news for SMEs is that DAS and its benefits are now accessible to every apprenticeship employer in England.
The introduction of DAS to all apprenticeship employers in England means that they’ll now be able to control how they pay for apprenticeship training as well as assessing and recruiting learners.
You can find out how to register for this service and how to use it via gov.uk.