IfA’s second funding band review: 10 of 30 standards signed off

Funding bands for 10 of the 30 apprenticeship standards under review by the Institute for Apprenticeships since last December have been approved by the education secretary Damian Hinds.

Changes for those that have had their funding reduced will come into effect for apprenticeship starts from August 5, 2019, while those that have increased will have their new funding band implemented for starts from May 7, 2019.

Of the 10, two have had their funding cut: the level 3 engineering design and draughtsperson standard (from £27,000 to £24,000) and the level 2 financial services customer adviser standard (from £4,000 to £3,500).

Meanwhile, seven funding bands have remained the same and one, for the level 4 aviation operations manager standard, has increased from £5,000 to £7,000 (see full table below).

In May 2018, the apprenticeships minister Anne Milton asked the institute to conduct its first ever review of funding bands, which included 31 existing apprenticeship standards.

This led to several standards having their funding cut, including the popular chartered manager degree apprenticeship by £5,000. This was followed by another review of the funding bands for 30 standards in December 2018.

Today’s release of updated funding bands includes the final remaining one from the May review: the level 3 motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle) standard, which has been cut from £18,000 to £15,000.

A spokesperson for the institute stated: “The aim of the reviews is to ensure these standards have the most appropriate funding band to support high quality delivery, and provide value for money for employers and taxpayers.

“They will also ensure consistency in the way older and newer standards are funded.”

Twenty funding band recommendations still have to be approved from the December 2018 reviews.

Standard
name
Pre-review
funding band
Reviewed
funding band
Implementation
date
Adult Care Worker
£3,000
Band 4 (£3,000)
No change
Lead Adult Care Worker
£3,000
Band 4 (£3,000)
No change
Healthcare Support Worker
£3,000
Band 4 (£3,000)
No change
Financial Services Customer Adviser
£4,000
Band 5 (£3,500)
05-Aug-19
Aviation Operations Manager
£5,000
Band 10 (£7,000)
07-May-19
Investment Operations Administrator
£5,000
Band 8 (£5,000)
No change
Large Goods Vehicle Driver
£5,000
Band 8 (£5,000)
No change
Butcher
£9,000
Band 12 (£9,000)
No change
Engineering Design and Draughtsperson
£27,000
Band 27 (£24,000)
05-Aug-19
Gas Engineering
£27,000
TBC
 
Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
£3,000
 TBC
 
Public Service Operational Delivery Officer
£3,000
 TBC
 
Hospitality Supervisor
£5,000
TBC
 
Senior Production Chef
£5,000
TBC
 
HR Support
£5,000
 TBC
 
Retail Team Leader
£5,000
TBC
 
Retail Manager
£6,000
TBC
 
Highway Electrician / Service Operative
£9,000
TBC
 
Senior Financial Services Customer Adviser
£9,000
TBC
 
Chef De Partie
£9,000
TBC
 
Housing/Property Management
£9,000
TBC
 
HR Consultant / Partner
£9,000
 TBC
 
Travel Consultant
£9,000
TBC
 
IT Technical Salesperson
£12,000
TBC
 
Water Process Technician
£12,000
TBC
 
Rail Engineering Operative
£12,000
TBC
 
Associate Ambulance Practitioner
£15,000
TBC
 
Bus and Coach Engineering Technician
£18,000
 TBC
 
Heavy Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician
£18,000
TBC