Both providers and referral agencies are required to understand whether young people are eligible to undertake a Traineeship.
Where young people apply directly to a provider then the Initial Assessment process must ascertain eligibility. If the young person is ineligible then providers are expected to refer the young person onto appropriate provision either within their organisation or externally.
When providers receive a referral from one of the referral agencies it would be expected that the referral agent has checked eligibility. However, the provider’s robust Initial Assessment process will determine whether the young person is eligible. If the young person is ineligible providers should refer the young person onto other appropriate provision which they offer or back to the referral agency.
See paragraphs 20 to 37 of EFA’s Funding guidance for young people 2013/14: Funding regulations
**A 16- to 18-year-old learner is any learner who is aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August in the relevant funding year. A learner cannot start until 1 August after they leave Year 11
*** SFA Funding Rules 2014-15 – version 2
Discretionary Bursary funding is available to help support students on Traineeships programmes.
The amount of Bursary funding currently available is based on the amount claimed through the Earnings Adjustment System (EAS) by ESFA Traineeship providers between December 2014 - November 2015 and the relevant amount should be shown on the SFA contract.
The ESFA manage the 16 to 18 Traineeship and 16 to 18 Traineeship Bursary as one line, which allows providers flexibility to draw down the level of funding required for Bursary (including free meals) and programme funding up to the total contract value.
Traineeships providers are entitled to make funding claims from the Student Bursary Support Service of up to £1,040 (for a 26 week programme) for trainees who meet the 'vulnerable student' criteria in use for the Bursary fund (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide-for-2016-to-2017).
Successful claims are drawn down through EAS.
The Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) scheme is administered by the SFA and they will be able to provide you full details of that scheme. Further guidance around DLS and claiming via the EAS can be found here. Guidance for the EAS can be found here