Newsletter & Bids 28 2017

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Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and funds has 44 pages and comes to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training.  We go out to some 3,616 organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry.


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At long last at the AELP – VAT clarification received from ESFA

In any programme the application of VAT always seems open to debate, and we have been looking to see if we can answer some of the more common queries we get.

One of these has been the treatment of VAT as regard Apprenticeship end-point assessment costs. Guidance says that ‘Supplies of training which are paid by government funding, including the apprenticeship levy are exempt from VAT. The prices entered on to the ILR should not include VAT.’  The ESFA have now clarified to us that the term ‘training’ includes end point assessment, and therefore end-point assessment costs do not attract VAT charges.

Note however that non-levy (and co-investment) employer contributions do attract VAT charges (where the provider is VAT-registered) but these elements should not be entered on the ILR.


Perry Ingles from Pearson tells us about the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

The Trailblazer Standard for Teaching Assistants has now been published by the Institute for Apprenticeships – Link


Standards – DfE have published an updated occupations available list for apprenticeship standards, this was updated on the 30th June 17. The list let’s you know what standards are ready to deliver, standards approved and standards in development.


Spotlight on maritime careers: skills and careers hub Tuesday 12 September 2017, 1330 -1830 Taking place at 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ.  Apprenticeships? Careers? Maritime.   Find out more at this informative and interactive event and help young people discover their future.  This skills and careers hub is a great opportunity to meet industry experts, hear inspirational stories, debunk life at sea myths and learn more about the training programmes across this fascinating and diverse industry.


This event is hosted in conjunction with the UK Chamber of Shipping and Nautilus International.  With 95% of the UK’s trade being transported by sea, the maritime industry and the careers available within it have never been more important and opportunities are set to grow. This one stop shop event will highlight the life long careers from ship to shore and provide an opportunity to discuss ways our industry can engage with your organisation and young people. Come and meet representatives from shipping companies, superyacht organisations, maritime education and training institutions and a host of others that will provide you with a detailed picture of the entry routes, apprenticeships and training and employment opportunities across this sector.

Did you know that a career in the maritime industry includes, but is not limited to, the following sectors?  Cruise, Oil and Gas, Engineering, Hospitality, etc.

To register for this free event which includes a networking reception to 1830, please RSVP to Donna Stevens:

Training and Careers Co-ordinator Merchant Navy Training Board 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ

+44 (0) 20 7417 2825 M   +44 (0) 7471 357 035


Withdrawal of frameworks by issuing authority Information. The issuing authority, Skills for Care, announced in April that they are withdrawing these apprenticeships frameworks to new starts from 29 December 2017: Health and social care framework code 444 & Care leadership and management framework code 584

These frameworks are being replaced with these standards:

Adult care worker (equates to level 2), Healthcare support worker (level 2)

Senior healthcare support worker (level 3), Lead adult care worker (level 3)

Lead practitioner in adult care (level 4) and Leader in adult care (level 5)

Any apprentices starting on the health and social care or care leadership and management frameworks before the withdrawal date will be able to continue on the framework until completion. Successful apprentices will then be able to claim their certificate using the current system.


BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

In 2015, the UK Government apprenticeship taskforce launched a report to set a target of 3 million new apprenticeship starts for 2020. Within this report, the Government set a target to increase the uptake of apprenticeship from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities by 20% by 2020. However, within many organisations, there are many barriers and stigmas which prevent the recruitment or development of people from the BAME community within organisations.

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Apprenticeship Alliance (BAMEAA) is a membership organisation that brings together leaders within business and education to focus on promoting apprenticeship and skills among the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities through policy, advocacy and conversation. By working with a wide variety of organisations in building this platform, the BAMEAA can lead to bring in real action in the UK and Globally.

As a membership organisation, we structure ourselves around core industry members who serve as leaders in promoting the diversity of apprenticeships. Our members believe in the economic power of diversifying their workforces. It is with their influence, strategic alliance and thoughts that we are able to be a powerhouse for apprenticeship diversity policy, advocacy and conversations. Organisations can use BAMEAA as a platform for sharing their success in increasing ethnic diversity and improving or increasing their existing apprenticeship diversity.


The core areas of the BAMEAA are:

Policy – working with our members to develop policies for organisations which they can apply to increase their apprenticeship diversity

Advocacy – advocating and lobbying organisations on their apprenticeship diversity.

Conversation – providing a platform to generate conversation for organisation around apprenticeship diversity

The Launch of the BAME will take place 13th July: To find out more about membership of the alliance click here


Fears are growing that apprentices may lose their voice at the top level; after the Institute for Apprenticeships deferred an invitation to have its own apprentice panel make a presentation to its board.  In an email sent to the apprentices who make up the 11-strong panel and seen by FE Week, the IfA withdrew its request for a presentation about a ‘quality toolkit’ at its monthly board meeting on July 5.  A later date of October 4 was suggested as an alternative.

A spokesperson for the National Society of Apprentices, itself a division of the National Union of Students, told FE Week that it was “deeply concerned” that the invitation to present in July had been withdrawn.


Apprenticeships 2017: Business Survey: How are companies responding to changes in apprenticeships, including the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy?

Your business can help answer this question by taking part in an important survey the Campaign for Learning is conducting on behalf of Pearson.  The anonymised answers will be made publicly available in a report. The intention is to create a valuable resource for understanding how apprenticeships are developing and which your company can use to gain insight and benchmark its own activities.

How you can contribute to the Apprenticeships 2017 survey
The online survey takes about 10 minutes. It needs to be completed by a colleague who is directly involved in your company’s response to apprenticeships including planning, developing or implementing apprenticeship programmes.   We are keen to get feedback from as many companies as possible, so please highlight the survey to your partner businesses and contacts. Start the survey here:

The survey runs until 9th July 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Julia Wright at the Campaign for Learning.


Following the shock election result we now have a new minister for apprenticeships and skills – Anne Milton, MP for Guildford. At the AELP conference earlier this week she stated that she would not be introducing new ideas but instead had a job of delivery.

We are at last starting to see movement on apprenticeship non-levy growth, as detailed below providers can now apply for growth which will be assessed in July. In addition the previous non-levy procurement round has been scrapped and a new round will run in July for January 2018 to March 2019 delivery.

Additional guidance has been provided by the ESFA on evidence requirements for the 20% off the job training within an apprenticeship, as detailed in appendix 3.

AEB 2017/18 contract announcements will be notified in July, however existing providers will see their current contracts extended for 3 months for August, September and October.

Rules have been published on AEB and Advanced Learner Loans for 2017/18 with no real shocks to be seen. Webinars are being offered to providers to explain the new rules.



AEB contract extension

Following our earlier messages issued on 9th May and 13th June regarding the impact of the General Election on our planned communications, please note that notifications of contract award will now be made at the end July 2017. As a result, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will now be extending the existing 2016/2017 contracts for Adult Education Budget (AEB) services for a three-month period, until 31st October 2017.

Details of the existing providers can be found at


This extension reinstates the original time period scheduled to occur between the result notification and contract start date. This means that contracts awarded through this AEB procurement exercise will now be for an initial nine-month period only running from 1 November 2017 to 31st July 2018, with possible extensions for up to two 12 month periods, at the ESFA’s discretion.

We will shortly be writing to existing AEB providers to confirm the details of these arrangements.


Non-levy apprenticeship growth requests

The first performance-management point for non-levy apprenticeships will take place in July instead of August. You can now submit requests for increases to your 16 to 18 and 19+ non-levy apprenticeship contract values for May 2017 to December 2017.

Please send your completed growth request form to Provider Performance Management and your provider manager before 5pm on Tuesday 11 July. You must submit a growth request to be considered for an increase.  More information can be found on GOV.UK. Please contact your provider manager if you have any queries.


Update on procurement for non-levy paying employers

In April 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) paused the procurement for apprenticeship training provision for non-levy-paying employers. The competition was markedly oversubscribed and the Department for Education (DfE) and the ESFA concluded that it did not achieve the right balance between stability of provision, promoting competition and choice for employers. Together, DfE and ESFA have since reviewed their approach to determine how best to support these objectives. As a result, the ESFA has decided to cancel the current procurement exercise and has confirmed that it will launch a new procurement at the end of July.


The new procurement will be designed to achieve the best value for employers, providers and apprentices in the move to a fully employer-led system. More details on the process and deadlines will be finalised and announced shortly. The ESFA has also confirmed that the register of apprenticeship training providers will not re-open for new applications, while the new procurement exercise is open.


To provide further clarity and certainty for training providers with existing contracts the following steps will also be taken:

  • Within the next week, the ESFA will respond to providers who have made business cases to adjust the amount of funding they were awarded in the contract extensions. Where credible evidence has been presented, the ESFA will look to adjust the allocations.
  • The ESFA will bring forward the first performance management point from August to July. This will be in order to review current delivery and consider whether additional funding can be made available where there is clear evidence of unmet demand from employers. More details on the timing for this will follow shortly.

This will not affect training provision for existing learners.


Apprenticeships: off-the-job training

Guidance for employers and training providers on the off-the-job training requirements involved in an apprenticeship.


All apprenticeship starts from 1 May 2017

For all new apprenticeship starts from 1 May 2017, you must make sure you have completed the ‘Apprenticeship contract type’ (ACT) field in the ILR. You must record an ACT otherwise this will fail validation; record code ‘ACT1’ for levy contracted apprenticeships and ‘ACT2’ for non-levy contracted apprenticeships.

To receive payment for levy contracted apprentices there must be a matching record in the apprenticeship service, and this must be fully approved by you and the employer you are working with. You can easily check which apprentices are fully approved by looking at the apprenticeship data match report on the Hub. This will highlight any apprentices that are not fully approved. The deadline to correct any errors for apprentices due to be included in the June payment is Tue 6 June 2017. For more information on the data match please see page 17 of the Apprenticeships Technical Funding Guide for starts May 2017.

To add an apprentice to the apprenticeship service, ask your employer to select “Add an apprentice”.


Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) 16 – 24

The AGE Programme ends for new learner starts on 31 July 2017. The last date to flag learners as requiring an AGE grant will be the R14 ILR return due by 19 October 2017. Please ensure that any learners starting prior to 1 August 2017 are recorded with the correct Learning delivery monitoring (LDM) code by this date. No AGE payments will be made on the 2017/18 ILR data.

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) reports available in the Skills Funding Service (SFS)

From Wednesday 28 June, you will be able to see your AGE reports for the last 2 years in SFS.

You will be able to view this information if you have any of the following user roles:

  • contract authoriser
  • contract manager
  • contract user
  • data returns and claims manager

Check the SFS user roles and permissions.


Adult education budget funding rules 2017 to 2018. No fundamental changes to the content of these latest AEB rules. The 2017 to 2018 AEB funding rules have incorporated the relevant sections from the 2016 to 2017 common funding rules, as there is no longer a requirement for a separate common funding rules document.

This week we have published version 1 of the Adult Education Budget Funding Rules 2017 to 2018. These rules apply to all providers of education and training who receive adult education budget funding from the ESFA. Please note the performance management rules for 2017 to 2018 will be included in version 2.


 THE ESFA have an on line Maths and English condition of funding questionnaire

We have published an online questionnaire to gain a better understanding of the main issues and barriers facing 16 to 18 institutions and providers in meeting the maths and English condition of funding.


We are asking 16 to 18 institutions and providers that had students that did not meet the maths and English condition of funding in the 2015 to 2016 academic year, to complete the questionnaire no later than Friday 14 July 2017.  More information about this questionnaire is available on GOV.UK.


The Funding regulations for post-16 provision are now becoming clear. Added a presentation to support the student eligibility elements of the funding guidance for young people Funding guidance for young people: sub-contracting controls. The sub-contracting controls guide for 2017 to 2018 includes the 2 significant new restrictions first introduced in 2016 to 2017. The first applies to maintained schools and academies that have whole programme sub-contracting arrangements (both local and at a distance) and the second applies to colleges sub-contracting provision wholly or substantially to a special school for provision for 19 to 25 HNS. Any institutions with sub-contracted provision are advised to ensure that they review the guidance and take the required actions.

Third party arrangements, often referred to as either sub-contracted or franchised provision, have created substantial financial and reputation issues for institutions in the past. Problems have been particularly significant where the sub-contracted service has taken place at a distance from the directly funded institution, in a different part of the country. Directly funded institutions include all institutions that are either directly funded by the ESFA or are directly funded by local authorities using ESFA funding that includes all maintained schools, academies, free schools, sixth-form and FE colleges and independent institutions.


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