Independent Training Providers (ITPs) are being encouraged to respond to local learning needs by taking advantage of the increased flexibility offered by the Single Adult Skills Budget.
A new guide, published by the Association of Employment & Learning Providers (AELP) and Learning & Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) offers useful information, planning tools and provider success stories to help ITPs to make the most funding changes. Helping them to plan and deliver for 2012/13 and to anticipate delivery for 2013/14.
Summary: A Guide to Making the most of the Single Adult Skills Budget
- The Single Adult Skills Budget allows providers to align all their adult budgets (including Apprenticeships, stand alone qualifications, classroom based learning and programmes for the unemployed)
- ITPs must not only follow the funding rules but are responsible for the quality and effectiveness of delivery in compliance without the new Common Inspection Framework - In short they will need to balance the needs of employers & learners with the priorities set by the Government.
- Initial measures to implement a long-term plan and increase flexibility include: removal of the annual activity statement, single account management, streamlined audit approach and a more automated contract management system.
- Final changes for 2013/14 are still being developed, however changes implemented during this contract year are likely to be reinforced in the next.
- Providers have successfully adapted to flexible delivery by responding to local learner and business needs, building tailored qualifications and establishing a close relationship with the Jobcentre Plus ( The Skills Group. TSLC, Touch Care and Babington Business College)
- Providers noted that ensuring learners attendance and increased administrative demands and paperwork where key challenges to their delivery.
- Providers are advised to consider ways of linking other funding sources including European Social Fund (ESF), Education Funding Agency (EFA), Work Programme, Jobcentre Plus programmes, community learning as well as commercial delivery. For example how could basic courses (pre-apprenticeship) progress onto other courses such as Apprenticeships?
- Key Changes: it is important to note that there will be no provision for learners aged 24+ on level 3 programmes - with the exception of the unemployed - these learners willinstead be allegeable for a subsidised government loan.
Read the full guide can be downloaded from the AELP, ASB Guide pdf