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Finding funding for learning and skills (opportunities and challenges). The difficulty/availability grid. Difficult. LESSMORE. Ava ilable. LESS MORE. Community Learning. Other Skills funding. Other charitable sources. ESF Programmes. ESF Community Grants. Traineeships.

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Finding funding for learning and skills opportunities and challenges

Finding funding for learning and skills(opportunities and challenges)


The difficulty availability grid

The difficulty/availability grid

Difficult

LESSMORE

Ava

ilable

LESS

MORE

Community Learning

Other Skills funding

Other charitable sources

ESF Programmes

ESF Community Grants

Traineeships

Learners pay fee

Apprenticeships


Options

Options

As well as direct funding from SFA/EFA, the following options are available:

  • Consortia- partner with 2 or more suppliers

  • Community Learning approaches

  • Subcontracting / Commissioning—by College, voluntary sector provider/consortium, local authority or private sector prime contractor

  • Cross-sector partnership— partner with organisations from other sectors

  • Self –financed activities


Things to consider

Things to consider

  • Your capability

    • Are you accredited to deliver relevant qualifications? Or are you more suited to informal learning or engagement?

    • Do you have a track record to demonstrate what you can do?

    • Do you have Policies/procedures/quality marks?

  • Availability of funding

    • Depends on where you are

    • Same funders may have different approaches in different areas

    • Funding cuts increasing scarcity

  • Regulation

    • Ofsted

    • Funding rules

    • Stricter/unforgiving SFA performance rules


Things to consider 2

Things to consider (2)

  • Your Performance - can you demonstrate

    • Achievements

    • Outcomes

    • Statistical data

    • Track record on previous contracts

    • Learners feedback

    • Social value and social impact

    • Quality control

  • Due diligence –

    • Business processes/policies

    • Financial position etc

    • Need to pass Register of Training Organisations


Where to go

Where to go

  • Consortia

  • Community Learning Trusts/Local Authorities

  • Commissioning

  • Colleges

  • Other providers – Private sector Prime contractors -supply chains

  • Other providers --- third sector

  • Charitable funds/other sources

  • ESF

  • Direct delivery/partnership/consortium/sub contractor??

  • Social enterprise—loans?

  • Websites/e mail funding opportunity newsletters/EOI’s/funding ‘brokers’

  • Learners pay full cost


Keeping in touch

Keeping in touch

  • Third Sector National Learning Alliance

    • www.tsnla.org.uk

  • NIACE

    • www.niace.org.uk


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