I have been asked the question as to whether or not a company can use their levy to fund an apprenticeship for some of their volunteers.
The following guidance from the rules makes me think not, however just wanted to double check before I go back to them:
Have I ensured my apprentice is on the correct wage?
Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and as a minimum at least be paid a wage consistent with the law for the time they are in work, in off-the-job training and studying English and maths (if appropriate).
E35. Every apprentice must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and be
paid a lawful wage for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training. You can only pay the apprenticeship minimum wage from of the start of the apprenticeship programme and not before. You can find information on the national minimum wage, the apprenticeship rate.
This is also covered by the Apprenticeship Act which requires all apprentices to be working under a contract of employment with an employer and hence paid a wage in line with the National Minimum Wage regulations.