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    The ESFA today (21 Mar) updated the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards.

    The list of apprenticeship standards shows the funding bands for starts from 1 May 2017. It lists the apprenticeship standards that have an approved assessment plan and are ready for employers and training organisations to use.

    The frameworks spreadsheet sets out the funding bands that will apply for existing apprenticeship frameworks from 12 Feb 2018.

    Apprenticeship funding band structure

    The Department for Education is reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure. When ESFA moved to 15 funding bands, they expected to see employers and providers negotiating on price below the funding band upper limit. However, this hasn’t materialised across all of the market, with many employers saying they do not feel able to negotiate with providers. ESFA are therefore considering changes to incentivise negotiation and drive better value for money.

    This includes considering alternative funding band structures. Any new structure would apply to new starts from August 2018. The maximum funding band will remain at £27,000. ESFA will confirm any changes in Spring 2018. If they do change the funding band structure, they will work with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to ensure that any new standards that are approved for delivery are allocated to both one of the 15 current funding bands and to a new, post-August funding band.

    As part of IfA's agreed responsibilities, ESFA have also asked them to review an initial batch of existing published standards and to identify where they should sit in a new funding band structure. All other existing standards will be reviewed as part of the IfA’s standard review process.

    ESFA welcome any views on these changes. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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