Digital Apprenticeship Service

The Apprenticeship Service, formerly known as the Digital Apprenticeship Service, is the online platform run by the government where employers can discover, finance, and oversee apprenticeship programs. The platform was introduced in 2017.

Apprenticeship Service Portal
ESFA Video: Register for an apprenticeship account
ESFA Video: Reserve apprenticeship funds

Non-Levy Paying Employers

The Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) has now been made available to all SMEs with a PAYE bill of less than £3m.

This service will allow employers to be more flexible with how they choose their apprenticeship training and allow them to tailor the service to meet their business needs. SMEs who don’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy will now have complete control over apprenticeships in their business. Employers will be able to create an account to arrange their apprenticeship programme.

Employers will be able to:

  • Manage the apprenticeship funding directly
  • Select a suitable provider
  • Select a suitable standard and end-point assessment organisation
  • Ensure that the training your apprentice is receiving is suitable for your business

Levy Paying Employers

The DAS Account is where your monthly allowance gets directly paid into. This account allows employers to access training providers for their new and existing apprentices.

Digital funds and government funding can be used;

  • For apprenticeship training and assessment
  • Against an approved standard
  • With an approved training provider and assessment organisation
  • Up to the funding band maximum for that Apprenticeship


How we support you

This service will allow you to provide permissions to providers to service your account. Smart Training and Recruitment can assist you in setting up your new Digital Apprenticeship Account by providing you with a dedicated account manager to discuss all your training solutions.

  • We provide a FREE apprentice recruitment service
  • Our dedicated account managers provide information, advice, and guidance to support your training needs
  • We can manage your apprenticeship programmes and DAS account (if requested)
Download our Digital Apprenticeship Service Employer FAQ's
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