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ESFA Procurement Opportunity

ESFA procurement opportunity launching soon for providers to access additional funding to deliver 19 to 24 AEB funded traineeships.

Published 29 July 2020 From: Education and Skills Funding Agency

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Following the publication of the government’s Plan for Jobs  which included a £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships available, we are planning a procurement opportunity so providers can access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.

We will be looking for providers with the capacity to start providing high-quality traineeships quickly through a ring-fenced contract for service. Details about how we will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds will be published shortly.

Opportunities to bid for additional 19 to 24 AEB traineeship funding will be handled through the Department for Education’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. You can register online.

The Plan for Jobs included a commitment to provide thousands of new traineeships to get young people aged 16 to 24 (up to 25 for those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) in England into work.

As well as an investment of £111m for 2020 to 2021, there are new flexibilities and opportunities which will strengthen traineeships and widen access to them for young people:

  • young people qualified up to Level 3 (rather than Level 2 previously) are now eligible for a traineeship
  • there is a more flexible work experience offer of minimum 70 hours, with multiple employers if needed
  • we want to see flexible content and qualifications that prepares trainees for progression to apprenticeships and jobs through a direct line of sight to the occupational standards
  • an increased AEB traineeship learning aim cost of £1500.
  • employers who offer new traineeship work placements will receive £1,000 per learner (up to ten learners) to support engagement and assist with costs such as the purchase of additional PPE for trainees
  • traineeships can now last up to 12 months, allowing twice as much time on a programme for those young people with particular needs who need it. We still expect traineeships to support young people into work as quickly as possible.
  • we want traineeships to move young people towards work or an apprenticeship more than ever before. 

We will publish an updated traineeships framework for delivery and funding rules over the next month.

ESFA Update: 29 July 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 29 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 29 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 29 July 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ReminderFE teacher training grants and bursaries for 2020 to 2021 academic year
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges deadline
Information2019 to 2020 adult education budget (AEB) reconciliation
Informationsupplementary bulletin to the college accounts direction and post-16 audit code of practice
InformationESFA procurement opportunity launching soon for providers to access additional funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Information16 to 19 study programme guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationversion 2, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) funding returns guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationapprenticeship service new employer agreement
Informationqualification achievement rates (QARs) for 2019 to 2020
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationAcademies Accounts Direction supplementary bulletin
Informationbudget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y) 2020
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Informationversion 2, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) funding returns guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationqualification achievement rates (QARs) for 2019 to 2020

Published 29 July 2020

Nine Things FE WEEK Learned from the ESFA’s 2019-20 Annual Report and Accounts

By Billy Camden

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has this afternoon published its annual report and accounts for 2019-20, revealing college loan write-offs, hefty fraud investigation costs and salary boosts for top civil servants.

FE Week has the main findings:

Nine things we learned from the ESFA’s 2019-20 annual report and accounts

1. College keeps £15m in overpayments 

During the last financial year, South Thames College received an ESFA capital grant to “facilitate the acquisition of the site for a new school”.

The agency paid the college a total of £15,160,000 in “overpayment”, which has now been waived.

The ESFA’s accounts state: “In certain circumstances over-payments of grants can occur when grant payment profiles for educational bodies are based on expected learner numbers which are not supported by actual numbers or where capital grants are eligible for recovery.

“One example relates to our waiver of the capital grant recovery from South Thames College to facilitate the acquisition of the site for a new school.”

Other waivers of overpayments include £823,000 for Manchester Creative Studio and £609,000 for Wigan UTC.

2. Abandoned FE loans costs drop substantially

Across all education streams in 2019-20, the ESFA reported claims waived or abandoned of £25 million for this year compared to £62 million the year before.

The agency said this has reduced due to the completion of the college restructuring programme which implemented recommendations from the area reviews of post-16 colleges.

The only FE sector loan to be waived in 2019-20 was £1,750,000 for Trafford College, which was handed exceptional financial support for its merger with Stockport College. Trafford is also currently working on plans to merge with the troubled Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College, but this process was delayed earlier in the year owing to Covid-19.

3. 115 ‘compliance reviews’ of ITPs…

The ESFA said it “strengthened our oversight and assurance activities”, increasing the amount of resource dedicated to ensuring the “proper” use of public funds and engaging more with the sector.

As part of this, the agency delivered 115 compliance reviews on independent training providers (ITPs) with 21 additional control visits.

4. …but fraud continues to be a problem

Fraud hit the agency for £5.6 million in 2019-20, which mainly relates to two unnamed “specific cases” that are not yet in the public domain.

Recovery of the identified losses “remain ongoing”. During the year the ESFA was able to recover £8,119.

At 31 March 2020 the agency had a total of 82 live investigations and allegations to carry forward into 2020-21.

This comprises 19 on-going academy trust cases at “various stages” of the investigation cycle and similarly, 63 live cases relating to colleges and independent training providers.

The ESFA said the formation of new academy trusts and mergers continued to rise in 2019-20 with academies increasing by around 900 in-year.

Whilst there has not been a “significant” rise in the number of academy investigation visits compared to 2018-19, there is a “continuing slightly upward trend aligned to sector growth”.

Additionally, in response to changes in apprenticeships funding “we have seen a rise in the number of allegations this year”.

5. 894 providers removed from apprenticeship provider register

Last year the ESFA launched a refreshed and “strengthened” Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) through stronger criteria added to the application process and complete re-registration of providers.

There are now 2,067 providers on the register, and during the process the agency removed 894 providers who did not meet the new criteria.

6. Overall underspend mainly because of apprenticeships

The ESFA’s total outturn was £58.57 billion against a budget of £58.83 billion, a 0.4 per cent underspend. This included £58.51 billion expenditure on “grant and other funding, the balance of expenditure was in respect of staff costs and operating expenditure”.

The agency said the variance on resource funding was largely attributable to an underspend on apprenticeships.

As revealed by FE Week earlier this month, the Treasury took back £330 million of unspent apprenticeships funding last year.

7. Learning Record Service data breach investigation ongoing

An investigation was launched in January after betting companies were “wrongly provided access” to an education database containing the information of 28 million children.

This was the only “protected personal data related incident” for the ESFA that was judged significant enough to be formally reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office during 2019-20.

The ICO was notified that a learning provider, Trustopia, registered with the Learning Records Service (LRS), had been working with another company to use their access to the database for the purposes of ID verification for “non-educational purposes, in clear breach of their agreement with DfE”.

The personal data comprised of the name, date of birth, gender and postcode of 380,000 individuals registered with the LRS.

The ESFA’s accounts state that the ICO is continuing its investigation and will “contact the Department for Education once the investigation is concluded”.

8. Pay rise and bonuses for ESFA’s top officials

Chief executive Eileen Milner saw her salary increase from £140-145,000 to £150-155,000 whilst also bagging a bonus of up to £5,000.

Peter Mucklow, director of further education, saw his wage increase from £95-100,000 to £100-105,000 whilst receiving a bonus of up to £15,000.

The accounts say the pay boosts for both civil servants were made after they took on “additional responsibilities in 2018-19 which were reflected in their salary in 2019-20 and included an element of back pay”.

The only other top ESFA official to receive a pay rise was director of academies Mike Pettifer – from £1150-120,000 to £125-130,000 – after he “took on additional responsibilities from September 2018 which were for the remainder of 2018-19 and for the full year in 2019-20.”

Pettifer was also paid a bonus of up to £10,000.

9. £1.4m paid to firms linked to ESFA board members

The accounts show £964,000 was paid to Hays Travel, a company owned by family members of ESFA chair Irena Lucas. She is also the chair at Hays, one of the UK’s largest independent travel agents.

A further £984,000 was paid to the firm in 2018-19.

Meanwhile, another £684,000 was paid to Voyage Care, were ESFA board member Stuart McMinnies is a non-executive director. The firm provides support for people who have complex needs.

ESFA Update: 22 July 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 22 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 22 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 22 July 2020

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Items for further education
ActionEducation and Skills agreements for 2020 to 2021
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges deadline
ReminderChange of Control/Ownership
InformationProvider Relief Scheme (July – October 2020)
InformationSector-based work academies
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationapprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Information2019 to 2020 final claim reconciliation
Informationpost-16 audit code of practice for 2019 to 2020.
InformationSummer support to new & existing learners – best practice toolkit of case studies.
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

Items for academies

InformationLetter from Eileen Milner to academy trust accounting officers
Informationschools funding arrangements 2021 to 2022
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationupdated 2019 to 2020 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
Informationacademies planning calendar
Informationacademy complaints best practice guidance

Items for local authorities

ActionEducation and Skills agreements for 2020 to 2021
Informationschools funding arrangements 2021 to 2022
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationupdated 2019 to 2020 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationapprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Information2019 to 2020 final claim reconciliation
InformationSummer support to new & existing learners – best practice toolkit of case studies
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

Published 22 July 2020

End to ESFA Funding Subcontracting Brokers

Article by Billy Camden published in FE WEEK

Using brokers in subcontracting deals will be a “serious breach” of funding rules next year, the government said today as it announced the first steps to clamping down on subcontracting in FE.

Training providers have also been told to publish a “rationale” for subcontracting, their management fee structure and a list of subcontracting partners on their websites by October 31.

The measures were outlined in new subcontracting guidance for 2020/21, published today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Last month, the ESFA released its response to a consultation that was run earlier this year and proposed major changes to subcontracting.

The agency wants to see a “significant reduction” of the practice in FE and will roll out strict measures, such as volume caps, over the next three years.

For academic year 2020/21, the ESFA said today that the use of brokers to source a subcontracting partner is “not permitted and will be treated as a breach of contract/funding agreement”.

“By brokers we mean where a third-party matches, for a fee, a provider with an unused allocation with a provider that can secure enrolments of learners to utilise it,” the agency explained, adding that they have “strengthened our levers to act and will do so where we find cases of provision being subject to brokerage”.

FE Week has reported on multiple cases of brokers cashing in on last minute subcontracting deals in recent years.

In March we revealed on how a learner find firm was attempting to broker a subcontracting deal for 16 to 18-year-old trainees who had already completed their placement at football clubs.

The only other change coming into force next year is a requirement for “all providers to publish a clear educational rationale for their subcontracting position on their website alongside their management fee structure and a list of subcontracting partners”.

The guidance states that directly funded institutions should “set out in their organisation’s strategic aims their reason for subcontracting, which must enhance the quality of their student offer”. The rationale “should be signed off by governors and boards and published on their website”.

The ESFA said they expect this information to be published by 31 October 2020 and it should be “easy to navigate to from the front page of the organisation’s education and training web pages”.

Other reforms will be introduced in 2022 and 2023.

ESFA Business Update – Issue 59 (July 2020)

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. COVID-19 – updated apprenticeship guidance
  2. Funding policy announcement
  3. Increase in SME reservations
  4. Reminder: Chancellor’s announcement
  5. Joint statement from ESFA, AoC and AELP
  6. Level 8 and changes to funding
  7. Recording a change of employer on the apprenticeship service
  8. Changes to apprenticeship service support videos

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. COVID-19 – updated apprenticeship guidance

Guidance, for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers during COVID-19, is available on GOV.UK.

The apprenticeship coronavirus guidance has been updated to reflect:

  • an announcement that a support service for redundant apprentices will be available soon;
  • information about apprentices returning to onsite course delivery;
  • confirmation that temporary flexibility suspending the funding rule requiring Level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, Level 2 functional skills assessments has been extended until 31 December 2020;
  • improvements to the FAQs.

Guidance and support for businesses can be found on GOV.UK.

The Business Support Helpline number in England is freephone, 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on COVID-19.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

DfE coronavirus helpline:

  • Telephone: 0800 046 8687

Read more on GOV.UK.

2. Funding policy announcements

The ESFA apprenticeship funding rules 2020 to 2021 (clarification version) are being published on GOV.UK today. These documents set out the rules for apprenticeship funding, including the evidence required to support it and apply to apprenticeship starts from 1 August 2020.

These rules are being published following the publication of the August 2020 policy changes and will reflect these changes. They should be read alongside the apprenticeship response to coronavirus (COVID-19) as some of these flexibilities are continuing.

The changes we have made are detailed in the summary of changes which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page on GOV.UK.

These funding rules are a clarification version to give you the opportunity to provide feedback. Send any feedback to fundingrules.comments@education.gov.uk by Thursday 23 July. We will update the rules to reflect any clarifications later in July. The rules apply to providers, employers and employer-providers receiving apprenticeship funding from ESFA.

3. Increase in SME reservations

Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy are currently in a transition phase onto the apprenticeship service. We are carefully managing this process as employers move away from contracted training provision to the new system – to help us do this we introduced the reservation process for use by smaller employers; giving smaller employers certainty that funding is in place before they recruit an apprentice.

Eligible employers have been provided with three ‘active or used’ reservations at any given time. From Wednesday 15 July, we are increasing this to 10 ‘active or used’ reservations per smaller employer account for the remainder of FY20-21. This policy will continue to be kept under review as we further assess how the new system is working.

Until 31 March 2021, smaller employers are also able to continue arranging apprenticeships via training providers with existing Government contracts, subject to provider agreement and the provider having sufficient funds available in their allocation. All new starts will be through the service from 1 April 2021. For more information visit GOV.UK.

4. Reminder: Chancellors announcement

In a special issue of Business Update published last week, a summary of the announcement from the Chancellor was included, outlining the Plan for Jobs, the Government’s second phase in the economic response to coronavirus.

In addition to the investment made in apprenticeships, traineeships and the National Careers Service, other headlines include:

Job Retention Bonus that will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.

A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.

The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%.

To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the Government has introduced a new Eat Out to Help Out discount. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry.

Find out more by visiting GOV.UK.

5. Joint statement from ESFA, AoC and AELP

A joint statement from the ESFA, AoC, and AELP on strengthening relationships and enhancing communications between training providers and the ESFA was issued to the sector in late June. The letter, issued by Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships, ESFA; David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC; and Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP, can be viewed on GOV.UK.

6. Level 8 apprenticeships and changes to funding

Employers currently developing Level 8 apprenticeships were informed in the summer of 2019 that funding for these standards could not be guaranteed. It has now been announced that the Department for Education will no longer fund apprenticeships at Level 8, to ensure that we meet the needs of employers and apprentices at all levels, in a financially sustainable way, whilst delivering value for money.

Statutory Notice to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education from Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Keegan can be found by visiting GOV.UK.

7. Recording a change of employer on the apprenticeship service

A new function into the apprenticeship service to streamline the process of recording a change of employer has been released. This new function means an apprentice can now move from a former employer to a new employer during their apprenticeship training without the need to create a new funding reservation or add a new record to the service:

  1. The former employer stops the record in the service, dated the last day the of the apprentice’s employment with them.
  2. The new employer grants the training provider permission to “Create a cohort” in the Provider Permissions section of their employer account.
  3. The training provider sends a request from the Manage Apprentices section of their provider account, to the new employer requesting the apprentice moves to them.
  4. The new employer checks the details of the apprenticeship and approves the request.

This will avoid issues where the original apprenticeship course is no longer available. In the case of employers that do not a pay the apprenticeship levy, accepting the move of apprentice will not impact the new employers reserved funding.

If you have any queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.

8. Changes to apprenticeship service support videos

Recent changes have been made to the “Using the apprenticeship service” video playlist available on our ESFAGOVUK YouTube Channel.

To help users find the information they need easily, there are now two new additional playlists on the channel:

  1. “Apprenticeship service – webinar recordings”, and
  2. “Apprenticeship Support Videos”.

For additional support, visit the apprenticeship service support website.

ESFA Update: 15 July 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 15 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 15 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 15 July 2020

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Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionextra funding for free school meals in further education (FE)
Actionnew subcontractor declaration window – including nil returns
Reminderclosing date for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund COVID-19 business cases
Informationupdate to apprenticeships COVID-19 guidance
Informationupdated apprenticeship funding policy
Informationupdated apprenticeship funding rules
Informationraising on the number of reservations from 3 to 10 on the apprenticeship service
Informationrevised deadline for providing external assurance on subcontracting controls – return of assurance certificate for 2019 to 2020
Informationfunding paid and retained for subcontractors
Informationthe National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair returns
Informationnew support offer for 16 to 17 year olds from the National Citizen Service

Items for academies

Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing your school condition report
Reminderdeadline for claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19

Items for local authorities

Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionextra funding for free school meals in further education (FE)
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing condition reports for your schools
Reminderdeadline for claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderclosing date for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund COVID-19 business cases
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of the 2019 to 2020 section 251 outturn guidance
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19

Published 15 July 2020

ESFA Business Update – Issue 58 (July 2020)

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. Chancellor summer economic update
  2. The forgotten 50%: Why further education is vital to economic recovery

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. Chancellor summer economic update

Yesterday (Wednesday 8 July) Chancellor Rishi Sunak gave a speech to introduce the Plan for Jobs, the Government’s second phase in the economic response to coronavirus.

A total of £1.6 billion will be invested in scaling up apprenticeships, traineeships and employment support schemes to help people looking for a job. Young people, amongst the worst hit by the crisis, will benefit from this. Investment includes:

1.1 Apprenticeships

A new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021.

These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an education, health and care plan (EHC).

1.2 Traineeships

An additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, enough to triple participation in traineeships. The government will fund employers who provide trainees with work experience at a rate of £1,000 per trainee and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below.

1.3 National Careers Service

An additional £32 million funding over the next two years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.

1.4 Job retention

A Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

Construction talent A Construction Talent Retention Scheme to support the redeployment of workers at risk of redundancy and help retain construction skills.

Other announcements include:

  • £101 million for the 2020-21 academic year to give all 18-19 year olds in England the opportunity to study Level 2 and 3 courses when there are not employment opportunities available to them.
  • building on the £1.5 billion commitment for FE capital funding made at Budget 2020, the government will bring forward £200 million to 2020-21 to support colleges to carry out urgent and essential maintenance projects.
  • additional funding of £560 million for schools in England to improve the condition of their buildings and estates in 2020 to 2021.
  • a school rebuilding programme of over £1 billion to fund the first 50 projects of a new, ten-year programme in England. (These projects will be confirmed in the autumn, and further detail on future waves will be announced at the Comprehensive Spending Review. Construction on the first sites will begin in September 2021.)

Read the Chancellor’s ‘A plan for jobs’ speech in full

Supporting and related documents can be downloaded on GOV.UK.

There will be a third phase that will focus on rebuilding, with a Budget and Spending Review to be held in the autumn.

We are finalising details with the Treasury and more detailed guidance for providers and employers is due in the first half of next week (week commencing Monday 13 July). We appreciate everything employers, providers and the sector is doing at this time.

2. The forgotten 50% – why FE is vital to economic recovery

Today, Thursday 9 July, Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson, shared a virtual speech ‘The forgotten 50%: Why further education is vital to economic recovery’.

In his address, SoS Williamson sets out the need for a fundamental reform and rebalancing toward further and technical education vital if our country is to recover after coronavirus and grow economically.

He confirmed that, this autumn, there will be a White Paper published ‘to turbo-charge our further and technical education system, and level up skills and opportunities’, with FE, apprenticeships and university to be seen as all equally valid routes to productive employment.

Watch the speech on YouTube:

ESFA Update: 8 July 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 8 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 8 July 2020

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Informationlatest information on coronavirus
Informationthe Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a package of measures to support jobs
Reminderthe deadline to apply to the provider relief scheme is Thursday 9 July
Reminderall new learners should start on apprenticeship standards from 1 August 2020
Informationsubcontracting declarations – new window opening
Informationannouncement on T Level industry placements
Informationnew apprenticeships provider on-boarding
Informationrecording a change of employer on the apprenticeship service
Informationnursing associate apprenticeship standard
Your feedbackthe Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP)
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus
Actionbudget forecast return 3 year 2020
Informationsuitability checks for chairs of trustees
Informationsupport DfE’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy
InformationSchool Admission Code consultation
Informationannouncement on T Level industry placements
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19
Your feedbackthe Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP)
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus
Informationsupport DfE’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy
InformationSchool Admission Code consultation
Informationannouncement on T Level industry placements
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19
Your feedbackthe Advanced Maths Support Programme (AMSP)

Published 8 July 2020

ESFA Update: 1 July 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 1 July 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderthe deadline to apply to the provider relief scheme (July – October 2020) is Thursday 9 July
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationsupporting redundant apprentices
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
Informationupdated college financial benchmarking tool
Informationjoint statement from the ESFA, AoC, and AELP on strengthening relationships and enhancing communications between training providers and the agency
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award

Published 1 July 2020