This week employers and training providers will be able to see a new agreement identifier number in their accounts. This unique number is automatically generated and displayed when an employer signs the employer agreement in their apprenticeship service account. It will also become visible in a provider’s account once an approved training commitment is in place with that employer.
Training providers can start to enter the identifier for any levy-funded apprenticeships in their Individualised Learner Record (ILR) returns from 23 August (R01) onwards. The agreement identifier is not currently a mandatory requirement so payments will not be affected where an error is identified. A warning will be reported for any errors as part of the normal ILR validation process.
The agreement identifier has been introduced to support future simplification to the data matching process used in the apprenticeship service, and we will update you about this work through our usual communication channels. As part of our continuous improvement work we will monitor usage of the agreement identifier over time to identify opportunities to reduce data issues.
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