• College in £37m debt given permission to carry out banned tactical subcontracting

    The Department for Education appears to have given a cash-strapped college special treatment, after it endorsed subcontracting to meet short-term funding objectives. Lambeth College, which is dependent on government bailouts, “embarked on a significant programme of subcontracting” to make up for a recruitment shortfall last year, according to its recently published 2017/18 accounts. The college

    9.47 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Ex-minister calls subcontracting fees 'scandalous', but DfE has 'no concerns'

    The government has for the first time concluded they have “no concerns” about subcontracting fees, despite more than 10 providers charging an average of over 30 per cent last year, FE Week can reveal. This is completely at odds with the view of the last skills minister Robert Halfon, who now chairs the education select

    9.39 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News

  • 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

  • Leicester city council in row over 'brokerage-style' levy deal

    Leicester city council is the latest public body accused of diverting apprenticeship levy funding away from frontline learning via a brokerage-style deal with a third party. It awarded a contract to a firm known as Salad Skills last October, to operate as a “quality-assurance partner”. This role involves identifying suitable providers to train the council’s

    12.00 May. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Stephenson College challenged over £100,000 tactical subcontracting

    A college that charged up to 57 per cent in management fees has been found to be attempting to use up £100,000 of skills funding with tactical subcontracting. But the Education and Skills Funding Agency has refused to say whether it will take enforcement action over what appears to be a clear breach of funding

    9.50 May. 4th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA misses chance to get tough on wasteful subcontracting

    The ESFA must enforce rules that are supposed to be putting a stop to wasteful short-term subcontracting. The example uncovered this week showed Stephenson College seeking to find subcontractors to use up £100,000 of funding by the end of July. That’s less than three months from the start of the contract to the end, proving

    9.50 May. 4th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofsted’s new provider monitoring and subcontracting visits explained

    Paul Joyce, one of the inspectorate’s head skills honchos, lays out the thinking behind the two new forms of visit Ofsted will be making in the FE sector Ofsted recently announced it would be conducting two new types of monitoring visit. The first, as announced by HM chief inspector Amanda Spielman last November, are monitoring

    5.00 Apr. 30th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Providers told to declare subcontracting fees by late April

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has finally sent providers long-delayed templates to let them declare their subcontracting fees. Individual lead providers previously had to publish their annual figures by the end of every November every year. But the rules changed for 2016/17, and providers are now expected to inform the ESFA of their figures,

    16.19 Apr. 11th, 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

  • First Ofsted subcontracting visit report criticises Wigan and Leigh College

    The first ever report of an Ofsted monitoring visit into subcontracting has found that governors and senior management at Wigan and Leigh College have been too slow to improve performance. The report out today recalled that Paul Joyce, Ofsted’s deputy director for further education and skills, warned last month that the inspectorate planned to focus

    11.30 Mar. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Government delays on subcontracting charges

    The government has been accused of double standards on subcontracting charges, after it missed its own deadline for issuing templates for providers to submit their figures. Colleges and independent training providers had since 2013 been obliged to publish the amount of government cash they withheld before paying subcontractors to run training by the end of

    15.03 Dec. 1st, 2017 | News