Hello – has anyone got a calculation/procedure for elibility funding?
We recently had an ESFA visit and were advised to consider prior attainment and which elements of the apprenticeship we would not claim funding for.
To do this effectively, we believe we need to set acceptable parameters for prior attainment/substantially different quals firstly. Then to agree a process for calculating then removing elements of funding we would not be claiming for.
Has anyone got a procedure/suggested format to deal with such situations?
Many thanksMay 11, 2018 at 2:40 pm #256152
Whoever replies to this I would be interested to know also
EileenMay 12, 2018 at 11:16 am #256307
The following guidance in the funding rules gives an indication of what you would need to consider and cross match to the Knowledge and skills requirements of the Framework/standard and the job role. Where this indicates that the Apprentice would require less training when APL can be applied then a proportionate reduction to the negotiated price should be applied.
The ESFA are looking for evidence that you have accounted for any prior learning and skills as in the following rules, most providers would base any reduction in the training price on the opinion of trainers, assessors or verifiers within their organisation.
The requirement that the apprenticeship leads to substantive new skills would in most cases not result in a reduction to the standard training cost, but you will need to retain the evidence that you have considered this.
Hope that helps
173.1 You must account for prior learning when negotiating a price with the employer. You must reduce the content, duration and price, where the individual has prior learning necessary to achieve the apprenticeship. Funds must not be used to pay for skills already attained by the apprentice. You must document how you have assessed the individual’s prior learning and include this in the evidence pack (paragraphs P243.17 and P243.26).
243.17 confirmation that you have accounted for prior learning that affects the learning or the funding of any of the apprenticeship and adjusted the price accordingly. This information could include:
243.17.1 information from the individual’s personal learning record
243.17.2 details of previous qualifications including modules/units undertaken compared to the content of the apprenticeship, demonstrating how they are materially different
243.17.3 skills gap analysis, demonstrating the new skills needed by the individual and how the apprenticeship will address these
243.26 evidence that the apprenticeship leads to substantive new skills and that the learning is materially different where the apprenticeship is at the same level as, or lower level than, prior qualifications. This evidence could include the following:
243.26.1 information from the individual’s personal learning record
243.26.2 details of previous qualifications including modules/units undertaken compared to the content of the apprenticeship, demonstrating how they are materially different
243.26.3 skills gap analysis, demonstrating the new skills needed by the individual and how the apprenticeship will address theseMay 12, 2018 at 12:33 pm #256319
Is their any tables of the percentage you need to deduct for Level 2 and level 3 BTECs in prior knowledge?
EileenMay 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm #256327
No such tables exist that I know of, therefore most providers leave it up to the professional judgment of those who deliver the training.
Where the framework qualifications are QCF you can use the proportion of the credits but for standards you have to consider this against the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required.
It would not be a task carried out by administrators.
HTHMay 12, 2018 at 1:37 pm #256332
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