ESFA update on continuing education: April 7, 2021
2. Action: a new document exchange service is now in operation
The ESFA information exchange will no longer be accessible after Friday 30 April.
Anew document exchange serviceis now online.
We automatically gave ESFA Information Exchange users access to the new service.
We have also uploaded all the documents for the 2021 to 2022 academic year there.
ESFA information exchange users should now:
Documents not downloaded and saved before 11:59 p.m. on Friday April 30, 2021 will no longer be accessible from ESFA Information Exchange.
If you need help with the DfE connection,access our help page.
If you have any other questions, pleaseContact us .
3. Information: College Collaboration Fund must reopen for applications
The College Collaboration Fund (CCF) is a one-year national competitive grant program open to all statutory colleges of higher education (FE).
The CCF aims to help colleges:
- Collaboratively address common quality improvement challenges
- capitalize on good practices and sector expertise, including those developed thanks to the emergence of new working methods in response to COVID-19
- produce resources and learn to share with the wider TF sector
The CCF was launched in February 2020 with a total funding envelope of £ 5.4million and 20 projects involving a total of 71 colleges have successfully applied for a grant of up to £ 500,000.
The CCF is to continue for the next year 2021 to 2022 and the total funding envelope remains at £ 5.4million. All expenses and activities supported by the CCF must be completed by March 31, 2022.
CCF’s continuation builds on the previous cycle and its predecessor, the Strategic College Improvement Fund (SCIF).
Applications will open on April 19 and close on May 21, 2021. The DfE will inform applicants of the outcome of their application from July 22.
More information including advice and application formwill be available April 19 on GOV.UK.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
4. Information: Advanced Learner Loans – application service launch 2021 to 2022
From 2021 to 2022Advanced Learner Loans Application Servicewill be available from June 28, 2021 for learners who wish to start eligible qualifications from August 1, 2021 funded by a loan.
The updated Learning and Funding Newsletters for 2021-2022 will be available on GOV.UK from the week of May 10, 2021.
5. Information: funding allocations for adults for the funding year 2021 to 2022
We have now issued a budget for adult education funded by ESFA, 16-18 internships (for providers without funding 16-19) and advanced learner loan allocations for the funding year 2021-2022.
We published achronologyso that you know when to expect information from us. We issued your allowances viaManage your education and skills funding and will be posting tips on how we calculated your allowance shortly.
Please make sure you have configured one of the following roles onManage your education and skills fundingso that you can consult your distribution statement:
- contract writer
- contract manager
- contract user
- data return and complaint author
You can request a new role via theIdentity and access management service or by asking your organization’s super user.
The contract managers and / or managers will have received an e-mail confirming that your dispatch statement is available for consultation.
6. Information: Adult Education Budget (AEB) West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Postcode File
To support the devolution of AEB to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), we have published a specific dossier detailing thepostal codes for which the WYCA will be responsible for funding from August 1, 2021.
You can use this data file to support learner enrollment and help you determine which learners will be funded by WYCA, based on where each learner is likely to reside at the start of their learning.
We used postcode information released by the Office for National Statistics in February 2021.
We will follow this up shortly with a full postcode dataset covering all funders in England including WYCA at which point we will be removing this dataset.
You can find out more about ourAEB devolution page .
7. Information: latest rules for funding apprenticeship
We have released version 5 of the ESFA apprenticeship funding rules for 2021 to 2021.
These documents set out the rules for funding apprenticeship, including the evidence required to support it, and apply to apprenticeship from 1 August 2020.
These rules are published following the publication of theApril 2021 policy changes and will reflect these changes. They should be read next to thelearning response to coronavirus (COVID-19) because some of these flexibilities continue.
The changes we have made are detailed in the summary of changes on thelearning funding rulespage on GOV.UK.
8. Information: new guide for training providers – how to deliver high quality learning
A new guide for training providersgiving step-by-step advice on how to deliver high quality learning is now available online.
This guide, enlightened by the sector and various quality organizations, is intended for all service providers offering training at all levels. It sets out all the minimum requirements and building blocks necessary to support the delivery of high quality learning programs to new vendors. It also supports the continued development of more experienced suppliers by updating them on the latest requirements and highlighting best practices.
It includes links to more in-depth advice on specific topics, such as off-the-job training, ‘bridging’, and endpoint assessment. These will be updated as new resources become available.
We will seek further feedback in due course to inform new resources and future versions of the guide. If at any time you would be happy to share your thoughts, please email app[email protected]
Similar resources will follow for employers, endpoint assessment organizations and apprentices, reflecting that successful learnings are based on a strong partnership between the supplier, employer and apprentice.
From April 1, adults in England aged 24 and over who do not yet have Level A, an Advanced Technical Diploma or equivalent can now take their first full Level 3 qualification free of charge.
Eligible adults can choose from almost 400 qualifications, to help them get access opportunities and get better jobs.
The offer is part of the Lifetime Guarantee of Government Skillsand Planning jobs, helping adults develop the skills they need to be successful in their jobs throughout their lives, and helping businesses find or develop talented people of all ages to fill skills gaps.
As a continuing education provider, we would like to share Communication toolkit Planning employmentwith you. This outlines the details of the new Level 3 Adult Learner offering and should be helpful when communicating to your stakeholders and learners about this offering.
We would particularly appreciate your support for the following:
- Support the announcement of the launch of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee Level 3 offering on your social media and channels by using the messaging and social post samples in this toolkit.
- Use the hashtags #LifetimeSkillsGuarantee and #PlanForJobs in your social posts and online media.
- Share and like social media content about the program on our partner channels, such as the National Career Service, Local Job Center Plus accounts, and local HMG accounts.
- Tell us how we can support you in your social activity in the weeks and months to come.
Thank you for your continued support in developing these offers. The DfE, alongside trusted partners including the Association of Colleges, will provide more information about the Level 3 offering to the industry in the weeks and months to come.
ten. Information: Women’s Health – Let’s Talk
The government has launched a 12-week call for evidence to better understand women’s experiences in the health and care system.
The call for evidence will form the basis of a landmark government-led women’s health strategy aimed at improving the health and well-being of women across England and putting women’s voices at the center of their care. By better understanding the experiences of women, the government can ensure that key elements of the health service meet women’s needs as they should.
All persons aged 16 and over are invited to contribute to the call for evidence, as well as those who live with and care for women, organizations with experience in providing services to women and those with expertise in women’s health are also encouraged to share their views. .
The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence as an individual is to complete the public surveywhich is quick to complete and easily accessible from users’ mobiles. This consultation ends at 11:45 p.m. on May 30, 2021.
We would be grateful if you would share the consultation with your networks to ensure that broad and diverse views are reflected. Social media resourcesare available to support sharing with your audience and we also encourage you to use the hashtag #TalkWomensHealth when posting to social media.