The ESFA want to better understand the burden it places on you and other Providers when requesting the data that we need to support your funding. But we can‘t do this without your input.
We need your help to understand what challenges you face when asked to submit data, and if some types of information are harder to supply than others.
Sessions will be taking place from 2nd-6th November. Sessions will be remote and will last about 40 minutes.
If you can help please email Matthew.firstname.lastname@example.org
October 20, 2020 at 10:10 am #470441
- This topic was modified 1 month ago by Matthew Kinson.
I take it this is November and not October?October 20, 2020 at 10:18 am #470450SFA STAFF
Yes sorry, those dates are for November.October 20, 2020 at 10:30 am #470456
One really obvious burden this year is the need to get an employer signed up on DAS before an Apprentice can start. You may say this is the Employer’s problem and HMRC’s, but the burden on Providers to hand-hold and try to get an Apprentice started cannot be underestimated (and it is the ESFA’s rules that are causing this).
If the process allowed for an Apprentice to start with an Employer and a Provider when they are both ready and without the need for the DAS registration (ie allowing it to be back-dated) then this would be an immense relief to all those struggling with this.
CasparOctober 20, 2020 at 11:16 am #470479
Another issue is the speed with which the ESFA respond to certain issues – please see http://feconnect.education.gov.uk/forums/topic/apprenticeship-service-completed-status where an issue was raised in April (Steveh’s posting mentions problems “last month”) and it took until October to get a resolution (assuming that it is actually fully resolved). The gaps between communication do not engender confidence – please see the postings in that thread. The burden on Providers is wondering whether they will ever get resolved and/or paid and having to re-check every month whereas the perceived urgency from the ESFA is low.
CasparOctober 20, 2020 at 12:01 pm #470500October 20, 2020 at 12:06 pm #470511
Here is another example of where the data fed back from the ESFA is costing a large burden on Providers trying to decipher it: http://feconnect.education.gov.uk/forums/topic/p13-reconciliation-in-p2-remittance – this same issue has come up many times before in previous years.
One simple solution would be to have separate Remittances for each Return (ie one for R02 and a separate one for R13 in this example).
CasparOctober 22, 2020 at 11:15 am #471082
Here is another example of the unacceptable burden placed on Providers by the ESFA: http://feconnect.education.gov.uk/forums/topic/19-20-r14-fis-v1-2-30/October 24, 2020 at 11:30 am #471478
Another example: http://feconnect.education.gov.uk/forums/topic/p2-remittance/October 24, 2020 at 11:33 am #471480
Might have to sign up @Caspar – these posts might not be read by the researchers
October 27, 2020 at 12:10 pm #472009
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 6 days ago by jessicar.
Thanks @jessicar – I have sent an email to Matthew Kinson with a link back to this thread,
CasparOctober 27, 2020 at 5:09 pm #472057
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