If we have a learner who is 19+ and has prior APL (exemptions in English and Maths) and they wish to complete their Apprenticeship Framework in under the 366 days – is this still possible in the 17-18 ESFA year?
The rules in the Apprenticeship funding and performance-management
rules for training providers May 2017 to July 2018 Version 6 state:
P45. You must ensure the apprenticeship meets the minimum apprenticeship duration
rules. This includes where the content and/or duration of the apprenticeship has been
adjusted to recognise prior learning.
Does this mean that it is no longer possible? ACE will accept this scenario still which seems strange if it is no longer possible?
The funding rules that apply to an individual learner are the rules that were in force at their start date unless the current rules specify otherwise.
If they were post May 17 starts they would have met the minimum duration requirements anyway.
I’m clear on learners with APL working 30 hours cannot have a duration of below 12 months.
What is your view on reduction due to APL down to a minimum of one year?
e.g. hours lower than 30 per week, meaning the duration is extended from 12 months to 18 months, but 20% APL is used… could this bring the minimum down from 18 months proportionately provided it never drops below 12 months?
My interpretation is that the minimum duration applies to 30 hrs and where this is extended due to part-time working then the extended duration becomes the minimum and that you cannot reduce it below this due to APL.