We covered this important topic in the November/December issue of ETB, but such is the enormous importance of this subject that we are sending this update out to employers. As we reported, ESFA (the Education and Skills Funding Agency), the government body responsible for funding all apprenticeships in England, is currently rolling out a funding portal called the Apprenticeship Service to all employers.
The Apprenticeship Service is an apprenticeship funding procurement portal; it was originally used by larger ‘Levy-paying’ employers only but from this year onwards it will include smaller, ‘non-Levy- paying’ employers. ESFA have recently announced that it plans to fully complete the switch over to the Apprenticeship Service by the end of November after which the only way of reserving funding for apprentices will be through the Apprenticeship Service, this will bring to an end the use of funding contracts between ESFA and main training providers such as Cheynes Training.
Over the next few months, Cheynes Training will be writing out to over 600 employers that we currently work with (either directly or through one of our academy partners) to explain in detail how the Apprenticeship Service works and, most important, the action they need to take to allow Cheynes Training to secure funding on their behalf to pay for the training of their apprentices.
For further information on The Apprenticeship Service, email email@example.com