Free Webinar: Funding and Policy Update by C&G
November 10, 2020
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Thursday, November 12th, 2020 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM GMT

This free webinar will be a short and sharp update on the recent changes to the AEB and Apprenticeship funding rules and some of the policy announcements that have been made since early September, including the announcements about further post 16 qualification reforms.

City & Guilds aim is to support you with information that will enable you to plan your strategy effectively, so you can support more people to develop the skills they need to progress into a job, on the job and onto their next job.

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Help Shape the Future of Funding for Apprenticeships

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (@IfATechEd) launches a consultation on refined plans for a more transparent funding band recommendation approach 

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A second public consultation is being launched today to gather views on how the Institute should recommend the maximum government funding contribution for apprenticeships.

We have also responded to our previous consultation on this topic, which took place between February and May this year.

Anna West, deputy director for apprenticeship funding and approvals, said:

“Our goal is to introduce a more transparent and evidence-based system. I would like to thank everyone for taking part in the first consultation. We have taken on board your feedback to further improve our approach.“The refined model now being consulted on would be based on independent evidence, but also offer flexibility to employers to provide further information to ensure they receive appropriate levels of funding. I would like to urge as many people as possible who care about the future of apprenticeships to take part.”

The funding band system as a whole supports employers, helping more to benefit from apprenticeship levy funding by delivering value for money in the programme. 

The Institute launched the project to develop a new approach in response to feedback that the existing system, based around employers gathering quotes for how much training costs and comparisons with existing standards and qualifications, was not transparent enough.

report by IFF Research into the actual costs of delivering apprenticeships was used to develop a more transparent model, drawing on average eligible delivery costs, which is now being consulted on.

The first consultation set out our core model and asked for views on addressing differences in costs.

We were pleased to receive over 200 consultation responses. The majority indicated that the proposed model was simpler to understand and strengthened transparency.

We used feedback from respondents to develop a single approach that provides trailblazers with an early estimate of the maximum government funding level their apprenticeship stands to receive based on an automated “rates-based” model.

If a trailblazer considers this inappropriate, they can provide information to allow us to make a bespoke estimate of likely eligible costs.

The consultation will run for 6 weeks, closing at midnight on 6 October 2020. A series of supportive virtual roadshow events will also take place during this period.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Financial Support for Education, Early Years and Children’s Social Care

Adult education and apprenticeship funded training providers “may be eligible for support” in line with the Cabinet Office’s supplier relief rules that allow payment in advance of delivery, the Department for Education has said.

In new guidance, the DfE wrote:

“Where a provider receives adult education budget (AEB), or apprenticeship funding, as part of a direct contract for services with ESFA, and is at risk financially, they may be eligible for support (subject to meeting additional criteria) as part of DfE’s response to the Cabinet Office’s Procurement Policy Note 02/20.

“Support provided through that mechanism would count as public funding for the purposes of conditions covering the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.”

The DfE’s guidance states that “further guidance on the operation of any supplier relief scheme for providers funded under a contract for services with ESFA will be published when available”.

Providers “should email ESFA.PPN220Queries@education.gov.uk to register their interest in the scheme”.

Full Guidance Link

Thousands of SMEs Denied Chance to Recruit Apprentices
January 16, 2020
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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has found training providers are having to turn away smaller businesses seeking to recruit apprentices.

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A growing shortage of funding from the £2.8 billion apprenticeship levy has been attributed to the shortfall in support for SMEs. The AELP found that, on average, apprenticeship providers are turning down approaches from 40 SMEs each.

The research also revealed that 29% of providers with a government contract to train apprentices for SMEs have reduced recruitment. According to the AELP 39% of these providers have stopped or significantly reduced recruitment. 

AELP chief executive Mark Dawe told HR magazine: “What’s doubly frustrating about the restriction on the number of new apprenticeship opportunities available is that the government has just issued official data showing that nine out of 10 apprentices stay in sustained employment and many of them who progress end up earning very good wages. 

“As Downing Street and the chancellor have issued a mandate to ministers to concentrate spending money on what actually works, what further evidence does the government need to invest more in apprenticeships? 

“The fact that the levy is running short of funding shows how popular apprenticeships are and that the levy should be kept. But it’s totally unacceptable for both small businesses and young people that so many of them can’t start apprenticeships because of failures in how the levy funding system works, and this is why it needs reform.” 

One suggestion for reform is a restoration of the £1.5 billion apprenticeship budget that was available to SMEs before the levy was introduced in April 2017. The AELP has also proposed an increase in the levy. 

Dawe added: “Brexit requires us to meet employers’ skills needs by training more home-grown talent, but many training providers have given up ‘selling’ apprenticeships to SMEs when the lack of funding means that there’s no point in doing so. In the meantime there’s a big government advertising campaign telling employers that support is still available. 

“The prime minister promised in July that he would ‘properly fund’ apprenticeships and the education secretary has said that the programme’s funding would be a matter for the Spending Review. As the clock ticks thousands of young people are hearing about the success stories of their peers who have been on an apprenticeship and they can’t understand why the same opportunities aren’t available for them.”

Free Webinar: The New Funding Rules and What it Means for Apprenticeship Providers (19 Sept)
September 13, 2019
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The final 2019-20 funding rules are now live – but what do they mean for apprenticeship providers?

What compliance issues are cropping up, and how can you make sure you are not over-claiming or under-claiming funding? (It’s more common than you think!)

SDN

Led by SDN’s compliance specialist, and based on our work with providers across the country, this free webinar will take you through:

  • The 2019-20 funding rules – what’s new and what’s changed?
  • What the new funding rules mean for apprenticeship compliance
  • Issues arising for apprenticeship providers
  • Ways to avoid over-claiming and under-claiming funding

The webinar will be hosted on Thurs 19th Sept at 12.30-1.30pm.

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Who is this webinar for?

The webinar will be useful for those involved in apprenticeship compliance, curriculum development and pricing in both FE and HE – including managers, quality and curriculum teams, compliance and MIS teams and business development staff.

Facilitators and speakers

The webinar will be facilitated by David Lockhart-Hawkins. David is SDN’s specialist in compliance, systems and processes – he’s been at the forefront of the apprenticeship reform compliance strategies and has helped providers across the country to prepare to deliver standards.

Why an SDN webinar?

SDN has supported 5,000 apprenticeship staff, from over 1,000 organisations, to prepare to deliver apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment. We’ve also worked closely with over 80 of the trailblazer employer groups, giving us a unique insight into what is required.

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ESFA Survey on Apprenticeship Funding

The ESFA has released a survey as part of continuing work to look at how they could improve the apprenticeship funding rules.

They would like to hear from employers, employer-providers and training providers.

The survey closes on 14 March 2019.

Access the survey HERE