Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

The Government has extended the claim period of the apprenticeship incentive payment for businesses taking on new apprentices. Businesses can now claim the £3,000 payment up until the end of January 2022. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that he has ringfenced £500m to support people returning to work … Continue reading Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

The final funding claim period for 2020 to 2021 is fast approaching. The window for making a claim will open at 9am on Monday 25th October, with a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 2nd November. You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds via any of the following: Grant Funded: ESFA Adult … Continue reading Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

This August, the ESFA has made some updates to the Apprenticeship Service to improve how it works for you and your learners. First launched in April, the Apprenticeship Service is the online portal allowing training providers, employers – and now apprentices – to better manage their apprenticeships. If all this is new to you, read … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

Applications for the new apprenticeship incentive grant are now open. The grant is available to all apprentices with a start date between 1st April and 30th September 2021. It is also available to apprentices that have a practical training start date between 1st April and 30th November 2021. What is the incentive grant? With the … Continue reading How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

The ESFA has extended the deadline of a survey reviewing FE funding rates. The survey – which is now open until Friday 30th July – asks FE training providers to give their view on whether current funding rates are suitable for supporting “high cost and high value” training provision. In a statement the ESFA said: … Continue reading FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Since 1st April, English employers have managed their apprenticeships via the Government’s Manage Apprenticeships scheme. With this change, employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3 million have been able to use the Apprenticeship Service for the first time. This means that employers of any size can now register an account and gain … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

As of June 2021, businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice. This cash incentive is available for all apprentices hired between the 1st of April and the 30th of September. This funding is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help employers invest in training and build workforce skills. It is … Continue reading Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published version 5 of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. This document outlines the updated rules for apprenticeship funding. To view a summary of the changes in the Apprenticeship Funding Rules Version 5, click here to visit the GOV.UK documentation. These rules are being published following the … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a new version of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. With Version 4, the ESFA has updated the rules to reflect that, as of 25th February 2021, eligible apprentices can start their End Point Assessment before achieving their functional skills qualifications. This applies where the apprentice … Continue reading Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

Guidance: Record Keeping for Training Providers

The Government has published official guidance on record keeping and retention of information specifically for UK training providers. As an ESFA-approved training provider, it is your responsibility to meet UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 requirements. You must also keep evidence to show that you are using ESFA funding in an appropriate way. The … Continue reading Guidance: Record Keeping for Training Providers