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The Apprenticeship Service

The Apprenticeship Service

The way in which smaller employers access funding for apprenticeships and allocate this to their chosen training provider is changing.

From January 2020, employers have a choice in the way they engage with apprenticeships. The Government has a vision to improve the quality of apprenticeships and ensure they work for businesses of all sizes. That’s why at the beginning of the year they opened up the apprenticeship service for all businesses, not just large ones.

This change will allow smaller employers, who do not pay the apprenticeship levy, to make more informed decisions when it comes to apprenticeships, ensuring they are doing what’s best for their business.

The changes

Here is a summary of the main changes:

  • The Apprenticeship Service is the new name for the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS). DAS was the original name it was given in May 2017
  • All smaller employers will have to register their business on the Apprenticeship Service from January 2020 if they want to engage with apprenticeships
  • A PAYE reference number and/or Government Gateway ID will be required to register on the Apprenticeship Service
  • The service will allow the employer to access funding, source a training provider, read other employer feedback on the quality of the training providers and the employer will manage their apprentice groups and financial payments to the provider on this system.


Contact [email protected] for support.

What you need to set up an Apprenticeship Service account

How to reserve funding, add an apprentice and use the recruitment tool

Recruiting an apprentice using the apprenticeship service




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