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The Changing Landscape of Employment Support

Future Provision – Skills Funding Agency

Martin Wynn March 20 2013


  • The Skills Funding Agency

  • What is it?

  • What does it fund?

  • How does it commission provision?

  • Accreditation of provision for Agency funding

The skills funding agency
The Skills Funding Agency

‘The Agency’

Partner organisation of BIS

Funds and promotes adult FE and skills training in England

Skills budget of £4billion

FE & Skills Sector

220 FE colleges

900 training providers

2,500 ‘sub-contractors’

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The Skills Funding Agency

Direction and activity set by BIS

Skills Investment Statement



Promote and secure reasonable adult FE in England

National Apprenticeship Service

What do we fund
What do we fund?

Training for adults

“To improve skills so that people can do their jobs better, get new jobs or progress in their careers”

Funding envelopes to colleges and other providers

Freedoms and flexibilities – discretion over expenditure

Meet needs of localities



24+ Advanced Learning Loans

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What do we fund?

Skills Funding Statement 2012 - 15

Funding Priorities

Individuals who would otherwise not have trained

Market failures (where strongest)

Focus on

Young adults

Low skilled


Colleges and FE providers will be free to decide how best to continue to grow the level of co-investment in order to rebalance the contribution made by employers, individuals and government

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What do we fund?


Apprenticeships )

Classroom )- Adult Single Budget

Workplace )

Community Learning





Local Authorities

Training Providers – For profit & Not for profit

Accessing agency funding
Accessing Agency funding

Register of Training Organisations

List of training organisations eligible to be considered for direct funding from the Agency to deliver training.

Sub Contractors

aggregate value over £100,000 must be on register

Community Learning

Community Learning Trusts


ESF (Community Grants?)

Qualifications funding
Qualifications & Funding

All qualifications approved for public funding are available on the Learning Aim Reference Application (LARA). The Agency also publishes a list of QCF qualifications approved for public funding on the Agency’s website.

Since 1 April 2010, the Agency has had the remit to approve qualifications for public funding for adults in England.

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Qualifications & Funding

How the Agency decides which qualifications should be funded

When a new qualification is accredited by Ofqual, the Agency reviews it against three principles to determine if it will be approved for public funding.

The three principles are that the qualification:

should be part of a regulated framework

should in the main be unit-based and credit-bearing

is appropriate for public funding and is not displacing sources of funding from other public bodies, employers or individuals.

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Qualifications & Funding

Accredited Qualifications

What are Accredited Qualifications?

Accredited qualifications, also known as regulated qualifications are those that are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards. The requirements for the qualifications to be accredited are set out in the Regulatory arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Once proposed qualifications meet the requirements set out in the mentioned document, they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications where can also be found a list of recognised awarding organisations who have the power to award qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), the national credit transfer system in England, Wales and Ireland.


Skills Funding Agency

Skills Funding Statement

ESF Community Grants

East Midlands Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Voluntary and Community Sector Learning and Skills Consortium

Yorkshire & Humber Humber Learning Consortium