1. Action: check that apprentices have the latest versions of the standards
The latest update to the Apprenticeship Service allows you to verify that apprentices have the latest versions of their Apprenticeship Standards. This ensures that they receive training and assessment in line with industry requirements and that companies can benefit from their up-to-date skills.
New apprentices – added to the apprenticeship service are now automatically assigned to the latest versions of their standards. Additionally, if options are available, you or employers can now select your preferred options.
Existing apprentices – you or employers can now transfer existing apprentices to the latest versions of their standards, in accordance with funding rules. Additionally, if options are available, you or employers can now select your preferred options.
To check which version of a standard an apprentice is on, or to move an existing apprentice to the latest version, simply log into your account and select an apprentice in the “Manage your apprentices” section. Learn more about GOV.UK.
2. Reminder: Opportunity to enter the market for the provision of internships for 16 to 18 years old
We offer providers the opportunity to apply to offer 16 to 18 internships. The counter is open from September 29 to October 22, 2021.
To apply for a new internship contract, you must meet the eligibility criteria, be an existing supplier and submit a full and complete application, before 5 p.m. on October 22, 2021 to be considered for a contract, and we do not will not accept any applications received. after the deadline. We recommend that you submit your application in advance to avoid delays or not completing the application correctly and on time.
If you are eligible and would like to apply, please complete the 16-18 Market Entry Application Form.
3. Information: Significant Funding Needs: Due Diligence Process for Post-16 Special Providers
We have published the document “High Needs Funding: Due Diligence Process for Post-16 Special Service Providers”.
This guide explains the process for post-16 special institutions that may lead to a funding agreement with the Agency for Skills and Education Funding (ESFA) for the academic year 2022 to 2023.
To be eligible for ESFA funding, Post-16 Special Institutions (SPIs) must be included in their LA High Needs Venue Change Workbook (mandatory before November 12, 2021) and must be named on at less 10 education, health and care plans. . Subject to this requirement being met, the ESFA will undertake due diligence to ensure that the SPI is eligible to receive funding from the ESFA.
More information is available at GOV.UK.
4. Information: clarification of the financing rules for subcontracting
We have updated appendix 16 to 19 of the subcontracting financing rules, to clarify that if no payment is made to a third party for the enrichment, employment and pastoral service (EEP ), this is not a subcontracting. We have also added additional clarifications regarding incentive payments for T-level placement employers.
5. Information: professional development opportunities for leaders, governors and governance professionals
The Education and Training Foundation is funded by the DfE to provide a range of training, mentoring and coaching programs to CEOs, CFOs, middle managers, presidents and college governance professionals.
Offered by partners such as the Oxford Said Business School and the Institute of Directors, the programs aim to develop skills and self-confidence to enhance the value that leaders, governors and governance professionals add to their institution and its long-term resilience. As noted in the Skills for Jobs white paper, we strongly encourage people in these positions to take advantage of the training and support, so take a look now at what’s on offer.
6. Information: mental health support for colleges
We recognize that providers have worked harder than ever to support the mental health and well-being of learners in response to the impact of COVID-19. Following World Mental Health Day last week, we’re highlighting some of the resources and funding available to colleges to support a comprehensive, collegial approach to mental health and wellness. These include:
- Training of senior managers in mental health
- well-being for education resumed
- the link program
- mental health support teams
- first aid training in psychology
More information about these programs is available, with additional resources collected at the education center.
The Collaboration Fund (FCC) has funded several projects focused specifically on mental health in colleges. We have gathered the resources of these projects, if you want to know more about the innovative approaches adopted by the communities.
We have worked with continuing education providers to identify effective strategies that have been used to increase test participation. These are described in a new toolkit “how to encourage pupils and students to test regularly”.
We also recently posted some video resources for students that colleges can use in assemblies and classrooms. These great resources feature gold medalist Olympian Matt Richards, Dr. Jenny Harries, and other students, all of whom explain why testing matters from a personal and clinical perspective.
Just as important as the test is reporting the test results as it allows us to understand the virus and take further action if necessary. Please remind staff and students to report all negative, positive, and void results to NHS Test and Trace.
We encourage you to continue to view your test data on VYED. If you have any concerns about your test data, please complete the online request form.
8. Information: Information: Webinar on Best Practice Guides for End Point Assessment (EPA) for Training Providers and EPA Organizations (EPAO) and Employers
Join us for an exclusive webinar offering an overview of the EPA’s new best practice guides. This webinar will provide an overview of our new EPA best practice guides for training providers, EPAOs and employers. These guides describe roles and responsibilities for assessment throughout the learning journey.
Awareness and preparation for final assessment are part of the whole learning journey and should be introduced from the start of the program. This will help ensure that an apprentice gets the most out of their learning and successfully completes their training and final assessment.
The live provider and EPA webinar will be on November 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. and the employer live webinar will be on November 4, 2021 at 11 a.m., or you can watch it “on demand”.
9. Information: Update Data Collection on Conditions 2 (CDC2)
From 2021 to 2026, the Ministry of Education collects data on the condition of buildings in FE schools and colleges. Investigative teams working on the CDC2 program will visit all government funded FE schools and colleges in England. The next round of visits has been confirmed for the period from February 2022 to January 2023 (tranches 3 and 4). The list of schools to visit in these installments, and the full provisional list of schools to visit in future installments, is now available for viewing and downloading from the CDC2 section of the GOV.UK website.
The listed schools will be contacted by a survey organization in time to organize a preliminary virtual meeting, which will gather general information about the building, and a site visit to collect data on the condition of the building.
ten. Information: extension of the profit-sharing bonus for the hiring of a new apprentice
On October 4, 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer MP Rt Hon Rishi Sunak announced a £ 500million extension of government action, to tackle unemployment and support job seekers after the end leave. This included extending the popular incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice until the end of January 2022. As of September 29, 2021, 35,220 employers have created 101,460 new apprenticeship opportunities for apprentices using the Employer Incentive, which was originally introduced as part of the Government’s Schedule Jobs in July 2020.
Employers will be able to request a payment of £ 3,000 for new apprentices of any age with a start date of between October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. Operational details, including window details applications, will follow shortly.
The requests of eligible apprentices, recruited between April 1 and September 30, 2021, remain unchanged; employers must submit their application by November 30, 2021.
11. Information: possibility to participate in the research of the COVID-19 exam support service
ESFA user researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in a 30-minute research session for the COVID-19 Exam Support Service. Research sessions will take place the week of October 18, 2021. If you are responsible for organizing exams in your organization (eg exam manager) and would like to participate, please register for a session. A researcher will be in contact with more details.
12. Information: final funding request for 2020 to 2021
The last funding request window will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021.
Please submit your final funding request by 5:00 PM on Tuesday November 2, 2021. The request form will be available on Submit Learner Data.
Your principal or a delegated authority must digitally sign your application on Manage your education and skills funding by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.
- You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds through:
- funded grant – ESFA (AEB) adult education budget (adult skills, community learning, 19-24 internships and COVID-19 skills offer)
- Support for learners for acquired ESFA AEB (adult skills and 19 to 24 internships) – paid on profile
- 19 to 24 Purchasing 2020 internships – Support for learners – Compensation based on profile
- funded grant – advanced scholarship for student loans (ALLB)
- 16 to 19 education
Once you have submitted your application, you will also be able to view it on the Manage Your Education and Skills Funding service within fifteen minutes.
If you have any questions, please contact us using the online inquiry form.