ESFA given ‘vote of confidence’ in managing apprenticeship and T-level reforms

The ESFA will manage the reforms to apprenticeships and T-levels from this September, in a “vote of confidence” from the Department for Education.

The DfE’s staff covering apprenticeships and professional and technical education will move into the funding agency at the start of the month, it was announced today.

“I am delighted to welcome colleagues from apprenticeships and technical education reform teams into the ESFA,” said Eileen Milner (pictured above), the ESFA’s chief executive.

“This move brings together work on policy development and delivery under one umbrella to better align and coordinate delivery for our customers.”

Absorbing staff with “different professional specialisms” will “enrich the agency, ensuring genuine end-to-end delivery”.

Taking full responsibility for development and delivery of two of government’s “top priority” programmes is a “huge vote of confidence in the ESFA and an exciting challenge for all of us”, she added.

The DfE said there will be a transition period with staff changes taking effect on September 2, 2018, and noted that there would be no job losses.