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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 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

ESFA Update local authorities: 8 July 2020

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Items for further education
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

ESFA Update: 24 June 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: 24 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 24 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 24 June 2020

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Items for further education
InformationSubcontracting Declarations Final Deadline – including nil returns
InformationProviding External Assurance on Subcontracting Controls – Return of Assurance Certificate for 2019 to 2020
Informationsupport for independent learning providers as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationchanges to apprenticeship service support videos
Items for academies
Actioncoronavirus (COVID-19) schools fund claim
Reminderdeclare or seek approval for your related party transactions
InformationAcademies Financial Handbook 2020
InformationAcademies budget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y)
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
Informationguidance for schools post Reading terrorist attack, 20 June
Items for local authorities
Actioncoronavirus (COVID-19) schools fund claim
Informationschools forum meetings
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
Informationguidance for schools post Reading terrorist attack, 20 June 2020

Published 24 June 2020

ESFA Update: 17 June 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: 17 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 17 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 17 June 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ActionJuly financial collection from colleges
Informationcollege corporation financial management good practice guides
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Informationversion 1 of ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates
Informationchanges to the UK Register of Learning Providers Service
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationAcademies Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020 published
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Informationversion 1 of ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates

Published 17 June 2020

ESFA Update: 10 June 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: 10 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 10 June 2020

ESFA Update: local authorities 10 June 2020

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Items for further education

InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionapplications to the college collaboration fund (CCF)
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges
Informationprovider relief schemes
Informationupdated apprenticeships performance-management rules for training providers
Informationupdate to the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Items for academies

InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationbudget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y) 2020
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Items for local authorities

InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic
Informationupdated apprenticeships performance-management rules for training providers
Informationupdate to the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates

Published 10 June 2020 

ESFA Update: 3 June 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: 3 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 3 June 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Remindersubmission of annual accounts
InformationR10 in-year qualification achievement rate
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) reporting – learners affected by COVID-19
Informationthe National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair returns
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationhigh needs import/export data
Informationspecial free school funding adjustments
Informationupdates schools forum guidance

There are no items for local authorities this week.

Published 3 June 2020

ESFA Update: 13 May 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: 13 May 2020

ESFA Update academies: 13 May 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 13 May 2020

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Information for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationprovider relief scheme
InformationESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for 2019 to 2020
Information for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationaccounts return 2019/20 – counterparty data collection
Informationdata sources for teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) and teachers’ pay grant (TPG)
Information
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderlocal authority adult education budget and apprenticeship funds and 16 to 19 funds return for 2019 to 2020
Informationteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund#
Informationdata sources for teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) and teachers’ pay grant (TPG)
InformationESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for 2019 to 2020

Published 13 May 2020

ESFA Update: 6 May 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: 6 May 2020

ESFA Update academies: 6 May 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 6 May 2020

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Items for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationprovider relief scheme
Informationpaying apprentices that are furloughed
InformationSecretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions
Information2019 to 2020 year-end forecast funding claim cancelled
Informationnon levy procured apprenticeships contracts
InformationESFA funded adult education budget funding rates and formula guide 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of ESFA adult education budget funding rules for 2020 to 2021
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
Informationoff-the-job training and maternity leave
Informationapprenticeship service – new apprentice record status
InformationWhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?
Items for academies
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationupdated academies chart of accounts
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
Informationwhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?
Items for local authorities
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionlocal authority adult education budget and apprenticeship funds and 16 to 19 funds return for 2019 to 2020
Information2019 to 2020 year-end forecast funding claim cancelled
InformationESFA funded adult education budget funding rates and formula guide 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of ESFA adult education budget funding rules for 2020 to 2021
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
InformationWhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?

Published 6 May 2020