As of the 1st February 2016 providers are eligible to deliver Traineeships if they have an Ofsted inspection of Grade 1, 2 or 3.
From 1 June 2013 lead providers with a funding agreement to deliver Traineeships can subcontract Traineeship provision to subcontractors declared on their subcontractor declaration form.
However, under the Traineeship programme, eligible lead providers must not subcontract to a provider with an Ofsted grade of Inadequate or a provider under notice from either SFA or EFA for any reason.
As of 1 April 2015 the original requirement that Traineeship subcontractors have to be graded Ofsted 1 or 2 has been removed on the basis that the lead provider has to be (and remain) at these grades.
The sub-contractor can be Ofsted 3 or no grade but not Ofsted 4 or under notice.
If a lead provider wants to enter into a new subcontracting agreement for Traineeships, the subcontracting provider must have an existing Ofsted grade of Outstanding (Grade 1) or Good (Grade 2).
If the lead provider subcontracting arrangements change during the year they must update the subcontractor declaration form.
Internship vs traineeship for learners with EHCPs
A supported internship is one type of study programme specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have a statement of special educational4 needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
Although similar in aims to a traineeship or Apprenticeship, supported internships differ in key ways. Young people on supported internships are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice, and to be offered workplace support in the form of a job coach, as well as support for their non-workplace learning. A key difference to traineeships is that interns are expected to need a longer programme than a trainee, for whom the maximum programme length is six months, before they are ready to progress to an Apprenticeship or other sustainable employment.
Further technical information regarding Internships can be found in the following guidance (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/supported-internships-for-young-people-with-learning-difficulties)
Progression from a study programme to a traineeship
Traineeships are funded as study programmes on a per student basis. Further information is available in the EFA Funding guidance. The unique characteristics of a traineeship are
•they have a programme aim on the ILR
•they last a minimum of 6 weeks up to a maximum of 6 months and should reflect the needs of the student
•students on them would normally be funded in a part time band
•the core aim must be work experience
EFA allocation that can be used on traineeships.
You can use as much of your study programme allocation as you see fit for delivering traineeships.