Adelle Preece

AEB Co-Funded Traineeships

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Where learners on AEB funded traineeships have to be co-funded due to previous prior attainment, what evidence do we need to obtain of any learner contribution and would it be an issue if the learner did not make a payment towards the cost of the course.

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Martin West

The core elements are fully funded but where a flexible element aim for a traineeship is co-funded due to prior attainment the collection of a learners contribution is not mandatory and it is up to the provider if they wish to absorb the cost.

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Adelle Preece

Thank you for your help Martin, that's really helpful!

If a learner has a level 3 prior attainment but is unemployed and in receipt of benefits, would the flexible element still be co-funded or would it be fully funded?

 

Martin West

Learning aims up to and including level 2, they would be fully funded if:

218.1. they are unemployed, as set out in paragraph 120

  1. For funding purposes, we define a learner as unemployed if one or more of the following apply, they:

120.1. receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only

120.2. receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

120.3. receive Universal Credit, and their take-home pay as recorded on their Universal Credit statement (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner)

120.4. are released on temporary licence, studying outside a prison environment, and not funded by the Ministry of Justice

  1. Providers may also use their discretion to fully fund other learners if both of the following apply. The learner:

121.1. receives other state benefits (not listed in paragraph 120) and their take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and

121.2. wants to be employed, or progress into more sustainable employment, and their take-home pay (disregarding Universal Credit payments and other benefits) is less than £345 a month (learner is sole adult in their benefit claim) or £552 a month (learner has a joint benefit claim with their partner), and you are satisfied identified learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs