Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers and lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships benefit everyone, particularly in challenging economic times. People who want to learn a new trade get valuable on-the-job training and employers get engaged, loyal employees. 

Apprenticeship funding changes came into effect in April 2017

The government has set a target of recruiting 3 million Apprentices by the year 2020. The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 supports this initiative. However not all employers will be affected in the same way.

Employers will pay the levy on their entire pay bill at a rate of 0.5%. However, there will be a levy allowance to offset against this. The levy allowance is worth £15,000 for each tax year. This means the levy is only payable on pay bills over £3 million (because 0.5% × £3 million = £15,000).

For example, an employer with an annual pay bill of £5,000,000:

  • Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
  • Subtracting levy allowance: £25,000 - £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

This payment is then split over the year and paid monthly.  

Employers in England can set up an online account to manage their funds and invest in training for apprentices working for them. The government will then provide a further 10% top up to levy contributions each month into employers' accounts. 

An employer with an annual pay bill less than £3,000,000 will not have to pay the levy.

  • Employer pays just 10% of apprenticeship cost. Government pays 90%
  • Companies with fewer than 50 employees that take on apprentices aged between 16 and 18 will have 100% of their training costs paid for.

Do I have to pay the levy?

Check the online tool here to see if your business needs to pay the levy. 

Cycle apprenticeships

The cycling industry has seen a significant expansion in paid-for training and with it the accelerated adoption of Cytech, the industry's only recognised training and accreditation scheme. 






Putting an employee through the Intermediate Cycle Maintenance apprenticeship now costs just £500 in employer contributions, with a 20% discount for ACT members, making it just £400.

The Advanced Cycle Maintenance apprenticeship now costs just £995, with a 10% discount for ACT staff, at just £900.

Better still, companies with fewer than 50 employees that take on apprentices aged between 16 and 18 will have 100% of their training costs paid for.

To find out more about Cytech training click here

Register your interest now

If you are a bike shop owner/manager and would like to register your interest in Cytech apprenticeships please contact ATG Training on or call 01865 550 324

You should also take a look at the Hiring an Apprentice guide on ATG Training's website.

If you are an ActSmart silver subscriber or above, ActSmart will upload your apprenticeship vacancies on the ActSmart and The Cycling Experts jobs boards to assist you in finding the best candidate for the role.

Click here for more information on jobs advertising.   

ATG Training

ActSmart's partner training provider ATG Training are responsible for delivering 90% of Cytech training in England, and can help you through the process of finding the best option for your business.

ATG Training offers two short-term apprenticeships for cycle mechanics:

  • Intermediate Cycle Maintenance - for working mechanics who want more training and qualifications under their belts. This includes a Cycle Maintenance Certificate, Cytech technical two training (including wheel building) and qualification, Cycle Maintenance NVQ2 and Keyskills Level 1 or 2.
  • Advanced Cycle Apprenticeship - for those who want more technical know-how after completing the standard apprenticeship. This includes the Diploma of Cycle Maintenance, Cytech technical three training, Cycle Maintenance NVQ3 and Keyskills at a minimum of Level 2.

Want to be an apprentice?

If you are looking to get an apprenticeship or a job in the cycling industry, take a look at our jobs board here.

To find out more contact ATG Training on or call 01865 550 324.