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What is DAS?

By now, you’re likely to have heard that the government has launched a brand new apprenticeships management system for levy paying employers – the Apprenticeship Service (previously the Digital Apprenticeship Service or DAS).

By creating an Apprenticeship Service account, levy paying employers will be able to:

  • Find training providers who can help deliver their apprenticeships programmes
  • Pay for training and assessment in England
  • Manage funds in their account and perform account maintenance

What employers will need:

  • Government Gateway login details for PAYE schemes they want to include
  • The details for each organisation that will be making an agreement with a training provider for apprenticeship training, including Companies House or charity number

Follow these steps:

  1. Enter the digital Apprenticeship Service system.
  2. The account owner should set up your employer account.
  3. You will need your organisations government gateway ID to set up your account (see payroll if you don’t have it), and Companies House number or equivalent.
  4. Select which PAYE scheme/schemes to attach to your account.
  5. Set up is complete.

Once you have set up your account, you will arrive at the account home screen. There is an array of functions for different business departments to use including ‘Funding’ to find out how much you have available to spend, your transactions and funds you could lose if you leave them to timeout.

The ‘Apprentices’ section allows employers to add apprentices, review and approve cohorts and pause or stop apprentices training. ‘Find training’ allows businesses to search for new apprenticeship training or to find out about choosing an assessment organisation. Manage user access to the account in the ‘Team’ function. ‘To do tasks’ on the right-hand side bar provide quick links to the relevant sections of the government’s website. Note that not all of these functions or areas of the site will be in use on launch.

For further details of the new system and how to set up and use it, refer to the government’s Digital Apprenticeship Service demonstration. Employers can register online through GOV.UK.

Let us help you to deliver a best-in-class apprenticeship programme that you can be proud of. Call 0333 222 0782 or visit our reforms page for further information.

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