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EFA and Apps funding

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Hi all, can an EFA learner be funded as EFA funded (FM25) at the same time as being on an apprenticeship (FM36).

The funding guidance for young people states

Students not eligible for ESFA funding 67. Students are usually only eligible for one ESFA funding model as the funding provided is intended to cover the whole of their learning programmes

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Martin West

In short NO see the following guidance from the 16-18 EFA rules.

Q15 When a student completes a study programme earlier than planned but after the initial 6 week period to start an Apprenticeship with the same institution are there any circumstances in which the planned hours should be amended?

A15 A student should only be in receipt of one ESFA type of funding at any one time at any individual funded (or their financially related) institution. If a student is recorded as having successfully completed a study programme early and is then transferred onto an Apprenticeship programme at the same institution, the institution must make sure it is not drawing down two sources of ESFA funding for the same period of time. In determining what constitutes early completion our advice is to review students who complete before the equivalent of the start period needed to qualify for funding. For full time students this would be those students completing their 16 to 19 study programmes more than six weeks early and for shorter part time students more than two weeks early.

It is particularly important that this advice is followed where multiple students are completing early and any average student planned hour calculations are not taking into account the number of students completing early.

The institution has a choice for students who have attended for more than six weeks of either reducing the planned hours down to the period of the student’s actual attendance or making sure that the Apprenticeship funding is reduced to remove any overlap in the period where two sources of funding are being claimed for the same period. We are content that in these circumstances planned hours can be reduced even after the initial six week start period has passed as this maybe a much easier calculation than assessing the impact of the funding over lap on Apprenticeship funding.