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Posted By Apprenticeships Directory on 03/10/2018 in Apprenticeship Sector News Stories

SECRETARY OF STATE APPROVES FIRST 12 FUNDING BAND REVIEWS (Apprenticeships Directory)

SECRETARY OF STATE APPROVES FIRST 12 FUNDING BAND REVIEWS (Apprenticeships Directory)

The Institute for Apprenticeships has been reviewing the funding bands of 31 apprenticeship standards following a request from the Department for Education. The aim of the review is to identify the most appropriate funding band to support high quality delivery, and provide value for money for employers and government. 

We have contacted the trailblazer groups for 12 standards to tell them the Secretary of State for Education’s final decision.   

We used our new funding process, adapted to reflect that these standards are already being delivered. We also used the Department for Education’s new 30 band structure. Throughout the process, we worked collaboratively with trailblazers to ensure the review was carried out in an open way.

As part of this process we considered a range of factors, including the costs submitted by providers, advice from trailblazers, data we hold, consistency across similar apprenticeship standards and the expertise of our route panels and a provider panel.  We have only recommended changes to current funding bands where there is evidence that justifies a change.

The Secretary of State has approved the following funding bands:

Reference Number
Standard Name
Current Funding Band
Reviewed final funding band
ST0331
Chartered Surveyor (Degree)
£27,000
Band 30 (£27,000)
ST0318
Rail Engineering technician
£27,000
Band 27 (£24,000)
ST0055
Bespoke Tailor and Cutter
£15,000
Band 18 (£15,000)
ST0215
Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
£12,000
Band 15 (£12,000)
ST0158
Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer
£12,000
Band 13 (£10,000)
ST0002
Assistant Accountant
£9,000
Band 11 (£8,000)
ST0213
Hair Professional
£9,000
Band 10 (£7,000)
ST0240
Insurance Practitioner
£9,000
Band 10 (£7,000)
ST0113
Dental Nurse
£9,000
Band 9 (£6,000)
ST0038
Aviation Ground Specialist
£3,000
Band 9 (£6,000)
ST0217
Senior Healthcare Support Worker
£3,000
Band 8 (£5,000)
ST0072
Customer Service Practitioner
£4,000
Band 5 (£3,500)

 

Following feedback from employers and providers, the Secretary of State has decided to extend the notification period for funding band reductions. Funding band reductions will take effect on 1 January 2019. Increases will take effect on 6 October 2018.

Reviewed funding bands for the remaining 19 standards have not yet been recommended to the Secretary of State. We expect this process will be finalised in late 2018. 

The Institute is working closely with DfE to monitor the impact of these funding band changes over the coming months. We will continue our work to bring more standards into the new 30-band structure.

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