ESFA Update continuing education: March 9, 2022

1. Reminder: deadline for requesting the incentive bonus for hiring a new apprentice

Do you work with employers who hired a new apprentice between October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022?

If these apprentices have an apprenticeship start date between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, employers could be eligible for the £3,000 hire a new apprentice incentive payment.

Employers must log in to their learning service accounts to request the incentive payment. Closing of applications on May 15, 2022.

Share these resources with employers to support their candidacy:

  • application guide including when to apply, steps to take before applying, how to apply and what happens after application.
  • orientation page including eligibility, how payment can be used and when payments are made.

  • how to apply video including an overview of the steps to follow within the learning service.

How to register

2. Information: third cycle of higher technical qualifications announced

The application window for the third cycle of Superior Technical Qualifications (HTQ) the approval process is now open.

The government has announced plans in 2020 to improve the quality of Levels 4 and 5 qualifications and make it easier for employers and learners to identify training programs that meet their skills needs.

A key way to do this will be through HTQs. Approved qualifications will be distinguished from other qualifications by a government-backed quality mark.

Find out more about the third cycle on the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education website.

3. Information: teacher compensation subsidy (TPG) and teacher pension employer contribution subsidy (TPECG) – scheme for 16-19 year olds and the first years from April 2022

From 2021 to 2022, TPG and TPECG funding for Grade 11 reception is paid through the national funding formula, and has therefore been part of the basic monthly funding since April 2021 (schools) and September 2021 (academies).

However, separate grants continued to be paid for the early years and the 16-19 pension.

From the 2022-2023 academic year, TPG funding for 16-19 year olds will be disbursed through the 16-19 base funding formula. A separate grant will continue from 16-19 TPECG.

Separate grants will also continue for the first years TPG and TPECG.

To summarize:

Funding Chronology
TPG early years Funded by a separate grant, with allocations in April 2022 and October 2022 for 2022 to 2023.
Early years PETG Funded by a separate grant, with allocations in April 2022 and October 2022 for 2022 to 2023.
16 to 19 GPT Allocations in April 2022 to cover until the start of the 2022 to 2023 academic year, when funding will be rolled into 16-19 base funding.
16 to 19 TPECG Funded by a separate grant, with allocations in April 2022 and October 2022 for 2022 to 2023.

Beyond 2022 to 2023, we intend to continue to simplify the allocation of this funding, continuing the process of integrating this funding into base allocations. We will provide information on how we intend to do this in due course.

4. Information: Proposed reforms to post-16 qualifications at Level 2 and below in England

On March 2, the government launched its consultation on post-16 qualifications at Tier 2 and below in England.
This consultation provides an opportunity to shape the future landscape of qualifications at Level 2 and below, streamlining and improving the quality of post-16 qualifications. The proposed reforms will benefit young people and adults across the country by giving them access to high-quality qualifications that will help them achieve their aspirations and improve their career prospects.

4.1 How to respond to the consultation

Please visit GOV.UK to submit your response.

To help us analyze responses, please use this online system whenever possible.

If you cannot use the online system and need an accessible version, please contact [email protected]

4.2 Launch events

We will present the details of our proposals at the following launch events:

5. Information: reform of basic digital skills qualifications – level 2 ICT functional skills and level 2 ICT user qualifications

From 1 August 2022 we will remove funding approval for certain Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications at Level 2. We are doing this as part of the Department for Education’s work to reform essential digital skills.

We have published an initial list of ICT qualifications that may be eligible for waived funding approval. These are Level 2 ICT Functional Skills Qualifications (FSQ) and Level 2 ICT User Qualifications.

Organizations that award ICT qualifications for users on the initial list can appeal the decision to withdraw funding approval, but not for QSPs. You can find details and timelines for the appeal process on the ESFA Qualifications and Public Funding page.

We will post the final list of qualifications with funding approval removed before the end of March 2022.

If you have any further questions, please use our Contact form.

6. Information: undeducted apprenticeship allowances purchased from 1 April 2022

We will soon be expanding unpaid apprenticeship contracts to cover fiscal year 2022 to 2023. These stipends will include funding to cover carrier costs for learners who started on or before March 31, 2020. Starting April 1, 2021, all new apprenticeship starts will be funded through the apprenticeship service.

Award letters will be sent to training providers via Manage your education and skills funding. Contract extensions will be issued in March.

Training providers should ensure that they have signed the contract extension before the current contract expires on March 31, 2022.

Please contact us using our online form if you have questions.

7. Your comments: IfATE survey of apprentices

The Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education (IfATE) Apprentice Panel wants to hear from apprentices across the country in their apprenticeship survey. This is an opportunity to make the voice of apprentices heard and to help improve learning even further.

This is a short survey and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Thisthe survey is open to any apprenticewho is taking or has completed a learning standard. The survey will end on April 8, 2022.

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