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ESFA Driving Data Collection for FE Sector

The ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) is encouraging training providers, employer providers, and colleges to take part in a voluntary data collection scheme ahead of this month’s deadline.

The data being collected pertains to your staff and vacancies. It is intended to provide an initial view of the sector in order to support future policy development.

With this data collection set to become mandatory for the 2021 to 2022 academic year, providers are encouraged to send a return to familiarise themselves with the data and methods required.

Why is it happening?

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan, has outlined the rationale for this data collection.

“We have taken a collective approach to developing our FE workforce strategy, working closely with the providers, employers and other sector organisations. We want to continue this collaboration, both to raise the profile of FE and the opportunities it can offer to those who want to develop their skills and build highly-skilled careers, and to make a real difference to local communities and businesses.”

“Our future policies and investment must be based on high-quality and robust data. Your continued participation in this new collection is absolutely essential as it will ensure that the quality of the data describing the composition of the current FE workforce is as accurate as it can be.”

“This data will also be readily available to all participants across the sector in an anonymised format and will help you to compare and benchmark your institution against other relevant providers.”

Read More: The Apprenticeship Service – An Employer’s Guide

What do you need to do?

You should complete a data return if you receive funding through one or more of the following models:

    • 16-19 (excluding apprenticeships)
    • Adult Skills
    • Apprenticeships (from 1 May 2017) (including levy funding)
    • Community Learning
    • European Social Funding (ESF)
    • Other Adult
    • Other 16-19

A data return is not required for schools/academies that return the school workforce census, or for HE providers that return the HESA staff record.

You can submit your data within the Submit Learner Data (SLD) service. Users will need an IDAMS account and appropriate ‘roles’ assigned to their profile to access the FE workforce collection. Learn how to register for IDAMS here.

The deadline for this year’s data return is 4:00pm, September 24th, 2021.

What next?

If you have any queries about the data collection, you can contact the ESFA on the following details:


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