Apprenticeship Service Digital Accounts
The government has launched a new Apprenticeship Service Digital Account which is now available to be used by all employers large or small. The new Digital Accounts have been created to make it easier for employers to manage the funding & incentive payments available to them.
As part of the service Aspire provides to you, you can set permissions to allow us to undertake some actions on your behalf.
Setting Up An Account
Once you have decided to take on a new apprentice or upskill an existing member of your team through an apprenticeship you will need to set up a digital account to access the government funding that will pay for all or part of the apprenticeship depending on your team members age as well as receive any in payments that you may be eligible for. For information on funding and incentive payments please click here.
At Aspire Training Team we can help you to set up your account, by sending you a link to the relevant page on the government website. Once you have received the link all you have to do is follow the on screen instructions and input your business details and confirm the account. When confirming something to bear in mind is that you can allow us permissions to make changes to your account, this helps to speed the process up and we can make any necessary adjustments at our end and even add learners on your behalf. You will always be notified of any changes or additions that we make on your behalf and be required to confirm them.
Once we have received the confirmation that your account is set up it will automatically link us as your chosen training provider.
Each time you wish to train a new or existing team member you would need to add or instruct us to add them on to your account, however should a member of your team wish to take an agreed break in learning then you would also need to pause them on your digital account, with guidance from us if required.
Full support is always available should have any issues setting up your digital account.
Registering an Account
Reserving Your Funding
For non-levy paying employers the government will fund 95% of the apprenticeships cost. In order to access this funding the Digital Accounts require you to reserve an upcoming funding you will need. (This is so the government has an idea of what they are going to be spending!)
With Aspire Training Team, once you have decided you want to start a new apprenticeship, we can help you reserve the necessary funding. All you do is confirm to us what apprenticeships you are interested in and we can reserve the funds for you.
Adding your vacancy to Find An Apprenticeship
Through your account you will need to grant permission to Aspire Training Team to post your apprenticeship vacancy to the Find An Apprenticeship website.
Adding Your Apprentice Names
Once we have successfully helped you to recruit a new apprentice or you have chosen which which of your current staff you wish to undertake an apprenticeship they will need adding to the Digital Account.
At Aspire Training Team, we can add your learners details for you, all you need to do is log on and confirm them once we have done so.
Confirming your learners will activate the 95% funding payments from the government and allow the apprenticeship to commence.
Claiming Your Incentive Payments
Currently this is not something Aspire Training Team can directly help you with.
You need to log in to you Digital Account and click on “Apply for the hire a new apprentice payment” and follow the instructions on screen. We will already have added your learners to the Digital Account for you so all you need to do is select the names of the apprentices who are eligible for the incentive payments.
In order to receive the payments you will need to add you bank details and the Digital Account will ask for them at this point.