Traineeships: Funding Reform Technical Consultation Information
Last week, the government published its response to the traineeship consultation that launched in June.
This document includes important information about how traineeships will operate in the future, including a change to the learner eligibility criteria for 19- to 24-year-olds from 1 January 2015.
19/11/14 – Boles States Preference For Traineeship ‘Evolution’
Traineeships will continue to be funded using the “existing funding systems,” meaning 16 to 18-year-olds remain funded per learner by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and 19 to 24-year-olds funded per enrolment by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The rejection of a move to a new traineeship job outcome funding system, revealed today in the government’s consultation response, is likely to receive a warm welcome from providers who have argued that local employment opportunities for trainees are outside of their control. Another welcome change for 2015-16 is that SFA funded Traineeship providers will be able to count learning progression for 19-24 year olds as an outcome as with current arrangements for EFA funded providers. For more information and comment click here. AELP’s response is here. This is the latest example of Skills Minister Nick Boles listening to providers and applying a steadying hand to the skills system.