Mon, May

Changes to funding rules for apprenticeships

The BPIF has flagged up changes to funding rules for apprenticeships. The key impacts are as follows:
- Further clarification around off-the-job training which also includes an example of how the ESFA expect this to be calculated. This discounts any period of annual leave including bank holidays, so 20% is now in reality at least 22-23%, with any training for maths and English on top. - Apprentices not being asked to contribute to the direct cost of an apprenticeship includes where they have left or completed the programme. - Employer delivery is allowed through a subcontract, but clear message is that it must be at cost. - Updated eligible and ineligible costs. - Levy transfer: one area not particularly well publicised is that "employers who pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to fund apprenticeships in one other organisation through a transfer." The BPIF understands that this restriction of transferring to only one rather than multiple employers is a short-term restriction and hopefully from the new academic year it will be relaxed. - The apprenticeship rate of pay is only applicable once an individual starts their apprenticeship programme and not before. There is no longer a need for further learning in order to retake a mandatory qualification or an end point assessment but if required the cost of additional learning can be included. - The apprentice must still be employed until the end point assessment is completed (unless redundancy applies). - Confirmation that levy transfers are subject to state aid regulations.

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