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About Funding Apprenticeships System

The FAS is a free tool for employers and providers to plan apprenticeship delivery and forecast funding for starts in England from May 2017. At a basic level it mimics the Skills Funding Agency calculator (called ‘Estimate my apprenticeship funding’). However, it enriches the experience, such as by allowing the user to input negotiated rates, set durations, forecast employer and provider incentives as well as emailing a PDF report of the results.

FAS has been developed by Smart Assessor, working in partnership with Nick Linford, editor of FE Week and author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships.

We hope you find FAS useful over the coming months and encourage you to feedback comments as well as suggestions for future development to

FAS basic functions same as SFA calculator

FAS added value not available from SFA calculator

Note: FAS is a planning tool and version 1 assumes the user does not know apprentice. Therefore, FAS does not include potential funding for additional support (£150 per week per apprentice), disadvantage (up to £600 per apprentice), English (£471 per qualification) or math (£471 per qualification). FAS also assumes all apprentices will finish and earn the completion payment.

How is the monthly Levy allowance calculated:
The amount you have available to spend is calculated on a monthly basis as follows: Your levy is 0.5% of your gross annual payroll, less a £15,000 allowance. The balance is then divided by 12 and rounded down to the nearest pound. This gives a monthly levy payment which is then multiplied by the % of your employees living in England. The government tops that up by 10%, which gives you the final monthly amount.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure FAS is accurate and up-to-date. However, it serves only as a guide to apprenticeship funding, taking selective information from government websites and publications. Therefore, you should always do your own homework and source information yourself. In particular, the latest relevant Skills Funding Agency documents should always serve as the definitive source of information. The FAS team is not responsible for the consequences of any decisions or actions taken in reliance on the information provided and all queries about rates and rules should be made to the SFA at or call the SFA on 0345 377 5000. Read T&Cs