• Massive subcontracting top-slices finally revealed

    Subcontracting top-slices exceeded £100 million last year, and 28 per cent of prime providers were charging more than 20 percent, FE Week can reveal. The long-overdue subcontracting figures for 2016/17 have finally been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. FE Week’s analysis of the data has shown that just under a third of

    10.08 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Apprenticeship payments system malfunctions again

    The government’s apprenticeship payments report system has been broken for almost a week – and there’s no fix currently in sight. Complaints about the online system first appeared on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s FE Connect site on April 10. A day later, the agency admitted to “an issue with the apprenticeships monthly payments

    14.14 Apr. 16th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA to 'review' rules on subcontracting fees and charges

    Subcontracting fees and charges will be reviewed to ensure government funding is being used for “recognised costs”, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has revealed. “In the coming months, we will be reviewing… aspects of the subcontracting funding rules,” it said in its announcement, published online last night. This includes “subcontracting fees and charges, so

    10.20 Apr. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Apprenticeship levy transfer policy explained

    The government has explained how employers which pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to transfer funds to other organisations from April for the first time. Large employers have been forced to pay the levy since it was launched last April, but they have only been able to spend the funding generated on their own

    15.13 Feb. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Anger as ESFA dodges MPs' scrutiny on subcontracting fees

    The government has been accused of shocking double standards on transparency, admitting it probably won’t publish its long-delayed findings on subcontracting fees in time for parliamentary inquiry hearings. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has taken over responsibility for publishing all subcontracting “management” fees, but it “aims” to publish them by the end of March

    10.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA threatens to bring forward data deadlines

    The ESFA has threatened to move the deadlines for individualised learner records (ILR) forward because it reckons too many providers submit on the last day. The threat has sparked anguish from colleges and ITPs across the country – and one disgruntled person has even asked the agency not to “keep beating us with a stick”.

    13.00 Nov. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Employers more satisfied with private providers again... but colleges catching up

    Private training providers have once again proved themselves to be more popular with employers than colleges, according to government research – though the gap is narrowing. A huge 88.1 per cent of the more than 60,000 employers surveyed said they were satisfied with ITPs, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s latest employer satisfaction

    10.59 Oct. 19th, 2017 | News

  • U-turn welcomed on funding for employees taught outside the workplace

    Courses for people in employment are once again allowed to use public funding, so long as they are taught outside the workplace, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed in a significant policy U-turn. Training in the workplace is not typically funded from the Adult Education Budget, but the sector kicked up a stink

    17.22 Aug. 29th, 2017 | News

  • Government sets December deadline in 16-to-18 data reporting crackdown

    Colleges must publish vital 16-to-18 performance data by a strict December deadline, in a Department for Education crackdown apparently prompted by an FE Week investigation that uncovered widespread ignorance of the requirements. We reported in June that the DfE had decreed that all providers – including colleges and sixth form colleges – were meant to have published five

    14.06 Aug. 10th, 2017 | News