The ESFA has published the latest rules for apprenticeship funding. Here we explore the impact and implementation of apprenticeship funding rules 2022-23, their changes and how Lifetime can support you. If you’re unsure about how apprenticeships are funded, read our guide.
When it comes to government changes to apprenticeship funding, some years we see large-scale policy changes or new launches. Other years it’s adaptations to existing rules (this year it’s the latter).
In a nutshell, the latest changes and clarifications have been designed to bring together all three parties involved in an apprenticeship: the learner, employers and training provider.
The new rules encourage collaboration, making sure there’s consistent documentation and dialogue between the employer and provider to ultimately support the apprentices and achieve better learning outcomes. You can find out what’s new via our webinar or blog below. There are five key areas to this year’s ESFA funding guidance changes – here is the breakdown:
Off-the-job (OTJ) training feeds into the training plan. It makes up a large part of it and its format is still very much the same – it’s still a mandatory component of the programme. However, one major change is that off-the-job hours have been baselined.
What this means is that, for learners who work more than 30 hours a week, they will have fewer off-the-job hours to do. Essentially, it’s now linked back to the curriculum, rather than just solely dependent on a learner’s working hours. Those working less than 30 hours still have to do the same amount of off-the-job training hours – just over a longer period of time instead.
Another change is the increased element of planning. Employer-led activities, like shadowing and mentoring, are very much part of off-the-job training. However, it’s expected that those are planned and agreed before a learner goes onto programme. There’s also a greater emphasis on documentation and evidence gathering in real-time, as it happens (not just waiting until reviews with coaches). Here’s further info: