Those providers who currently deliver provision for 16 to 19 year olds and hold a contract with the EFA are able to deliver Traineeships within the Study Programme arrangements on the basis of funding per student.
If a provider has a funding agreement with EFA and a 16 to 18 year old Apprenticeship funding agreement with the SFA they will receive funding for Traineeships through their funding agreement with EFA.
Apprenticeship providers who currently deliver provision for 16 to 19 year olds but who do not hold an EFA contract are given a ring-fenced allocation on their Adult Skills Budget (ASB) contract with the SFA.
Education and training providers who currently deliver provision through the ASB run by the Skills Funding Agency are able to deliver Traineeships for 19 to 24 year olds using the existing freedoms and flexibilities within this budget.
English and maths Funding
As a study programme, a traineeship’s core aim drives retention in funding terms. Completing the work experience core aim means the student is retained. Completion can be either by fulfilling the planned hours or by leaving the core aim early to achieve a successful outcome. Four scenarios are possible which define retention, funding, outcomes:
the trainee completes the planned hours on the core aim and progresses to a successful outcome – which is retained in funding terms and positive in quality terms or
the trainee completes the planned hours on the core aim but does not progress to a successful outcome – which is retained in funding terms, but negative in quality terms or
the trainee leaves the core aim early and progresses to a successful outcome – which is retained in funding terms and positive in quality terms or
the trainee leaves early and does not achieve a successful outcome - which is negative in retention terms and negative in quality terms.
Definitions for successful outcomes
Successful outcomes will be within 6 months of leaving/completing a traineeship, the trainee:
to have had 8 consecutive weeks of employment/self-employment of 16 hours a week or more (if 16 or 17 years old with RPA compliant amount of training) or
to have started on an apprenticeship by passing the qualifying period to count in funding terms or
to have started on a further learning course at level 2 or level 3 by passing the qualifying period to count in funding terms - the further learning should include a substantial qualification recognised in the DfE performance tables
If a learner does not complete the English and maths elements of the traineeship within 6 months then these will continue to be funded until they are completed. There are no additional ILR requirements for English and maths aims that continue beyond the maximum length of a traineeship. English and maths qualifications may be completed in subsequent Apprenticeship programmes, in work with training or as a stand alone after the trainee has left the Traineeship.
Further details on the condition of funding can be found here.