Apprenticeship Service Engagement

Supporting users to access funding for backdated starts in AS



Supporting users to access funding for backdated starts in AS – Updated 18/3/21

The ESFA funding rules state that where apprenticeships are to be funded using the apprenticeship service, funding must be agreed and in place before training starts. We are aware that some training providers have started apprentices training before this has been done and this means that funding cannot be claimed. In recognition of the transitional phase we are currently in, and of the need for employers to be able to claim the new incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice, we will now provide a time-limited solution which can be requested. This solution will allow reservations to be set-up or backdated to the beginning of the current funding year and will then allow training providers to access funding from that date. This process is only available for apprentices that have not already been funded using an ESFA contract in accordance with the funding rules. 

As of 18 March we have extended the scope for these requests to include where a training provider has already started an apprentice using a non-levy procured contract.


There are additional requirements to be eligible for this type of request: 

·        The training provider contract for non-levy procured apprenticeships must not be exceeded when the request is submitted 

·        There must be an expectation that the employer of the apprentice will be eligible for and requesting the employer incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice 

·        The apprentice must have started on or after 1 August 2020 


These changes will be available to request until the 26th April 2021. 

If you want to request this solution please contact the apprenticeship support team on 08000 150 600, who will require evidence from you of agreement by the training provider and employer to the request. 

You can find the latest information about this and other important apprenticeship service updates on the Apprenticeship Service Support Centre, ESFA Communities and by following us on @ESFAdigital on Twitter.




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