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NCL ezine HEADERAre you ready for the Apprenticeship Levy?

What is it?

The Apprenticeship Levy affects employers in all sectors.

The levy will only be paid on annual paybills in excess of £3 million, and so less than 2% of UK employers will pay it.

The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s paybill. Each employer will receive an allowance of £15,000 to offset against their levy payment. It was introduced in April 2017.

To access your levy pot you will need to sign up for a digital apprenticeship account. Once added, you can pay your training provider via the account for any apprenticeship training.

Non-Levy Payers

If your paybill is under £3 million then you do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy.

You will instead need to contribute 10% towards the cost of the required training, the other 90% will be paid by the Government.

To find out how these changes may affect your business, give our consultants, Elaine or Dan a call on 0191 2773506 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange a FREE consultation session either over the phone or face to face.

Are you an employer looking to recruit an Apprentice?

Newcastle City Learning can support businesses with information, bespoke recruitment and Apprenticeship training. We may also be able to support you financially. We pride ourselves on the quality of training and service we offer our clients, recognising what is important to you as our customer.

Find out more about apprenticeships.

You can also test your Apprenticeship knowledge by taking this short quiz.

English and maths

Functional Skills are the skills you require for everyday life in English and maths. Qualifications are free and available at a variety of levels.

What's on offer for employers:

  • Refresh your employee's skills.
  • National qualifications at various levels (Entry Level 1 – Level 2 equivalent to grade A-C at GCSE).
  • Courses tailored to suit your business needs.
  • Staff training in the work place to minimise disruption to the working day.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact us.


Your staff could gain recognised qualifications through National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). These are work based qualifications where employees will continue to learn whilst achieving recognition for skills they demonstrate day to day.

Find out more about NVQs.

New Venture Supported Internships

Providing an opportunity to an individual with a learning difficulty and disability can benefit your business as well as helping the young person.

Read more about supported internships and their benefits to employers.

Find a course today!

Spring Term enrolment

Cover Jan 2020Enrol for Spring Term!

Our new brochure is out from 25 November 2019, and it is packed full of interesting courses that will help you gain a qualification, make a career change or learn a new skill. You can get a copy of the brochure here (pdf, 7.99MB), and it will be delivered throughout the City in the new few weeks. Enrol from Monday 25 November 2019 online, by phone or in person at our centres, and speak to your tutor about the progression opportunities available.

AAT Champion Award Winners!

Tutor Andrea Scope receiving awardWe're thrilled to announce that Newcastle City Learning won the AAT Champion Award!
In this category the judges were looking for training providers that have made an impact in supporting their community, improving social inclusion and mobility, through the delivery of AAT qualifications.
Our new AAT accountancy courses are proving incredibly popular, and our tutor Andrea Scope was on hand to pick up the trophy at the awards ceremony. Well done everyone!
If you are interested in the courses we're running in accountancy, our new brochure will be available from 25 November 2019 with all of the details listed.

Prevent Duty

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All Further Education providers have a duty to safeguard their learners and keep them safe from being exploited by extremists. The Prevent Duty is not about discouraging our learners from having political and religious views and concerns, but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Prevent Duty: If you Notice anything unusual, Check it out and them Share it by contacting 0191 277 3502 or email remember – Notice – Check – Share. Here is a link to our Prevent animation

Newcastle City Council (which Newcastle City Learning are part of) also have a generic email address which you can also use to report any concerns you may have about Prevent:

Reporting Incidents of Hate Crime: Stop Hate UK. There’s a 24hr hotline on (Freephone) 0800 138 1625. People can text on 0771 798 9025. Online reports can also be taken at

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £25,725 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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