DfE confirm the Digital Apprenticeship Service is to go live in February

The new Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) is going ahead as planned and all levy-paying employers will be able to register next month.

Having been given a thorough “private beta assessment” by the Government Digital Service, the online service, which lets levy-payers access their accounts and make payments online, has been cleared for use, the Department for Education has said.

The next step, a DfE spokesperson told FE Week, will be to invite “some employers” to register on the system “over coming weeks”.

She said: “We will work with these employers to continue testing and improving the service, before we invite all levy-paying employers to register in February 2017.”

It is understood that levy-payers will be able to set up accounts on the DAS, choose the types of apprenticeships they want to run, the number of apprentices they take on, and appropriate training providers.

The levy will only be paid by businesses with a payroll of more than £3 million, which represents less than two per cent of employers in the country. The money will be ring-fenced, so it can only be spent on training apprentices. more....