Posts Tagged ‘SFA’

SFA rewards over performance (Discretionary Learner Support reallocation)

Those providers in receipt of a Discretionary Learner Support (dLS) Allocation for the academic year 2010/11 submitted a final year- end return in November 2011.

These returns have now been reconciled and the SFA will now recycle funds from under performing to providers who have over delivered against their overall dLS 2010/11 allocation.

Providers will be notified through their February 2012 remittance advice note of their final year-end position. A £1,000 minimum has been applied to any under and/or over delivery.
If you have any queries, contact your Relationship Team.


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Minimum 12 duration for Apprenticeships

From August 2012 the minimum duration of 12 months for Apprenticeships for those aged 16-18 will beign. This will be a requirement in the 2012/13 Funding Rules which are expected to be published by the end of March 2012. The new rules will apply to all new starts from 1 August 2012 onwards and not to those already in learing prior to August.

The SFA is however encouraging all training organisations and employers to offer all existing apprentices (16-18) a 12 month minimum programme.

See the full SFA Statement here

The National Apprenticeship Service is currently reviewing the position with regard to a minimum duration time for those apprentices aged 19 and over.

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Skills Funding Agency: additional 19 colleges to receive funding

The CEO of the Skills Funding Agency, Geoff Russell has confirmed a further 19 colleges will receive funding under the Enhanced Renewal Grant.

These colleges had previously been unsuccessful as they exceeded the Agency’s main allocation of £100 million. However, additional funds have been made available to fund the 19 projects amounting to around £29 million.

Geoff Russell said:  “We are delighted that we can provide Enhanced Renewal Grant allocations to an additional 19 colleges. These grants are part of our continuing support and commitment to colleges and the modernisation of the FE estate.  This investment reflects the crucial role that further education colleges have to play in providing skills to young people, adults and businesses, providing regeneration to local communities and the economy.”

Forty six colleges were successful in the original application for the Enhanced Renewal Grant.

Click here to read more and view the list of the 19 colleges

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The Government has announced that Geoff Russell (CEO at the Skills Funding Agency) and Simon Waugh (CEO at the National Apprenticeship Service) are stepping down.

Read more below:

Geoff Russell

Simon Waugh

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Welfare to Work, Employment and skills negotiation & support

yesMinister has negotiated over £10m of Work Programme contracts and have supported a plethora of providers from the bidding stage through to contract implementation.

We have;

  • Written bids for primes
  • Managed Stakeholder relations
  • Negotiated contracts for sub-contractors

If you are involved in the Work Programme;

If you are concerned about SFA Minimum Contract Levels;

If you are concerned about;

  • Risk,
  • Flows,
  • Contract relations

If you are interested in new areas and ideas for business development from  ‘Open Public Services’ to the ‘Localism Bill’ and raising your profile with partners and potential contractors  in the employment and skills sector contact us via our  S.W.A.T link above

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– MCV partnership announcement

News Announcement

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