Funding Funding


You can get help from the Government to pay for apprenticeship training. If you are an employer with an annual wage bill under £3 million each year, you are classed as a non-levy payer.

Non-levy payers

Support with apprenticeship costs

Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with the government - this is called ‘co-investment’. Employers must pay 5% towards the cost of apprenticeship training and the government will pay the rest, up to the funding band maximum, which is £9,000 for the International Freight Forwarding standard. You could be eligible for extra funding depending on the circumstances of your company and apprentice.

Manage your apprenticeship training and assessment

At present, if you do not pay the levy you will not be able to use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment.

Instead, you’ll need to agree a payment schedule with your chosen provider and pay them directly for the training.

The provider will be able to manage everything for you and they must provide evidence that you have paid your contribution as a condition of government paying the final 95%.

Levy payers

Levy Payers

Are you making full use of the apprenticeship levy?

Since 6th April 2017, employers with a pay bill over £3 million each year have been liable to pay the apprenticeship levy to HMRC through the PAYE process.

Levy-paying employers can then create an account on the Apprenticeship Service in order to spend levy funds on apprenticeships, manage their apprentices and manage payments to training providers.

For more information visit pay-apprenticeship-levy

Transferring apprenticeship service funds to another employer

Did you know that if you don’t plan to use all of the funds in your apprenticeship service account, you can now transfer up to 10% to another employer to support them in taking on apprentices?

This could be very useful for an SME and by doing so you’re also adding to your own corporate social responsibility programme. By offering employers the flexibility to transfer funds, the National Apprenticeship Service is enabling larger companies to support smaller employers within the sector or local area.

For more information visit transferring-apprenticeshipservice-funds

Are you looking for an apprenticeship?

One of the big attractions of choosing a career in Freight Forwarding is the different pathways that your career could take you. Here you can read a range of case studies from established BIFA Members supporting this. You can also see top tips from existing apprentices as to why you should consider it.

Industry Insights from apprentices

What I love is that you never know what you’re going to get, every shipment is different and you don’t know what it’ll be until you open your emails in the morning. Every day is a learning curve.


My apprenticeship has allowed me to find a career in an ever evolving industry that is in demand. It has also allowed me to gain practical experience whilst gaining a new qualification.


Industry Insights from employers

DB Schenker is a strong advocate for the International Freight Forwarding apprenticeship and we see this as an ideal entry point into the logistics industry. We have enjoyed tremendous success with previous apprenticeship programmes, with students graduating to multiple diverse roles throughout our company.

Ray Hennessy, CEO, DB Schenker