ESFA (SFA) latest

Latest from the ESFA (replacing the SFA update) including: 1. Procurement for apprenticeship training in smaller employers; 2. Funding calculation 2016 to 2017: technical document; 3. College benchmarking tool; 4. Issuing certificates for apprenticeship standards: reminder; 5. European Social Fund: supplementary data guidance; 6. Prevent duty compliance workshops for independent training providers and new apprenticeship providers.

Ofsted Guidance

Ofsted has published updated guidance on how further education and skills providers are inspected under the common inspection framework

Non-Levy Procurement Process Paused Until 2018

The ESFA has announced that existing apprenticeship contracts held by providers will be extended until December 2017 as long as they are on RoATP. New providers will have to wait until next year to have a chance to receive an allocation. More information and comment from AELP and AoC is here. ESFA's message to providers that was issued today is here. The response from providers is reported here.

SFA latest

Latest SFA updates including: 1. Apprenticeship agreement for training providers for the provision of levy-funded apprenticeship training; 2. SFA funding agreements and subcontracting declarations; 3. Apprenticeship reforms: proposal to withdraw fourth batch of frameworks; 4. Announcement of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, from 1 April 2017; 5. Update – 2017 to 2018 allocations; 6. 2016 – 2017 Apprenticeship funding rules; 7. Financial Assurance 2016 to 2017: Monitoring the funding rules.

Apprenticeship Guidance for Employers

Latest updated version of the SFA's key guidance document for employers about how apprenticeships will work under the new funding system from May 2017 including the apprenticeship levy and the online apprenticeship service.

Minimum wage increase

The minimum wage rates has increased from the 1st April with the Apprenticeship Rate rising to £3.50 and hour. Click here for the official press release and here for a guide on calculating the minimum wage.

Institute of Apprenticeships Launched

Click here for a press release marking the first day of operation for the new IfA. The government has also published guidance on how the Institute for Apprenticeships should carry out its functions for the 2017 to 2018 financial year as well as an Apprenticeship Accountability Statement which outlines the roles and responsibilities of all organisations involved in regulating apprenticeships.

News from MPCT - Best company to work for!

MPCT has been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For! Over 400 companies registered to take part and MPCT have a well-earned spot in the top 100. The award is given to those companies who nurture a culture of inspiration and incorporate this as part of their strategic aims. The award is based on feedback from employees, so well done MPCT

West of England Mayoral Elections

On Thursday 4 May an historic election will be taking place for the first ever West of England Mayor. The new West of England Mayor will put into place almost £1billion pounds worth of funding provided by central Government over a 30-year period. It will give the West of England Combined Authority more power in decision-making, especially around investment in transport, housing and adult education across the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset councils. You can read more about the West of England Mayor and what this means for you at Social Media Are you also able to tweet or retweet any you see from other organisati


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