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Colleges win £5.2m through AEB procurement

A total of £5.2 million was shared among 19 general FE colleges during the recent adult education budget procurement, sparking complaints that the money did not go to independent training providers.

ITPs were told a year ago that their AEB contracts would come to an end this July, rather than being automatically renewed as before, and they were forced to take part in a procurement process for a pot worth around £110 million.

Colleges did not have to take part in the bidding war, which at first resulted in major funding cuts for many ITPs compared with previous years.

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ESFA ‘postpone’ results of second attempt at non-levy apprenticeship tender due to ‘high volume’ of applications

“After extended delays and ultimately an aborted first attempted at a tender for funding apprenticeships with small employers (non-levy), the second attempt by the Education and Skills Funding Agency has been ‘postponed’.

This evening the ESFA told providers more time was needed to evaluate a ‘high volume’ of applications and was unable to say when the results of the £650m tender round would be known.”

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Levy launch ‘horror’ story predicted following apprenticeship funding allocations

“Apprenticeship providers are facing up to a “horror story” of bankruptcy and failure after receiving funding allocations that amount to a fraction of their current delivery, sector leaders are warning.

The amount of cash colleges and providers will receive in order to deliver apprenticeships to small employers between May and December was revealed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency on Tuesday (April 25) – leaving many of them fearing for their futures.”

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AELP CEO, Mark Dawe comments on MPs’ report on the apprenticeship levy

‘The Sub-Committee has made some very telling observations about the current reforms to the apprenticeship programme and we urge the government to act without delay on its recommendations.  In particular ministers must address the ‘lack of clarity’ about the long-term funding arrangements for smaller non-levy paying employers.  In AELP’s view, a guaranteed minimum budget of £1bn a year is needed to maintain the apprenticeship opportunities that SMEs offer.’

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