Tony Sanghera

Asylum Seeker no NI?

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HI, Quick question. Can we enrol an Asylum seeker on a Adult Skills (FundModel 35) course who has no NI Number. If so what number do we use or do we wait until they are issued one? Regards, Tony

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Martin West

See the notes in the ILR Specifications.

Collected for all apprentices, learners in receipt of active benefits or learners who have been referred to learning by Job Centre Plus.

For non-funded learners, this field is not collected for learners with Local Authority funded Community Learning provision (Funding model 99 and Source of funding 108).

Active benefits are currently: Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance - all categories.

Providers should treat completion of this field as compulsory for apprentices and must obtain an apprentice's NI number on start: this will be validated for programmes funded through a contract for services with the employer (Learning Delivery FAM Type = ACT1). Learners who do not know their NI number should be encouraged to obtain it by the provider. All employed status learners must have NI numbers in order to be paid by the employer.

Temporary numbers in accordance with the protocol of 'TN' 'DoB' 'Gender' must not be used.

Tony Sanghera

Thanks, Martin. Yes I did read it.  Learners who do not know their NI number should be encouraged to obtain it by the provider. We encourage it. So are we saying not funded until they receive it?

Martin West

Only apprenticeship funded through a contract for services are validated for the NI number so there should not be an issue with receiving funding.