Kirsti Barratt

Claim paid Work Experience Hours

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Hello 

I have been asked if a 16-19 student can work and be paid in a care setting and claim the work experience hours as part of their 540+ Study Programme hours. I've had a look at some guidance but I cannot seem to find a definitive answer. 

Can anyone help please? 

Thank you 

Kirsti 

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Martin West

107. Many students will look for work experience opportunities independently, or take part time jobs. This independent work experience or part time work is not funded as part of a study programme. From 1 December 2021 prior approval is required from the ESFA if any such activity is being considered for inclusion in recorded planned hours and the institution will need to evidence to the ESFA how they are incurring costs that meet our cost definitions set out in paragraph 124. Neither paid employment or work experience where the student is being paid a “look-a-like” weekly allowance to attend the work experience can usually be recorded as fundable planned EEP hours. Non-qualification hours must not include the hours for T Level industry placements.

Steveh

I don't think so. They've tightened this up considerably in the last year, although I'm not sure why...

21/22 Guidance (repeated without the date ref in 22/23):

Many students will look for work experience opportunities independently, or take 
part time jobs. This independent work experience or part time work is not funded 
as part of a study programme. From 1 December 2021 prior approval is required 
from the ESFA if any such activity is being considered for inclusion in recorded 
planned hours and the institution will need to evidence to the ESFA how they are 
incurring costs that meet our cost definitions set out in paragraph 124. Neither paid 
employment or work experience where the student is being paid a “look-a-like” 
weekly allowance to attend the work experience can usually be recorded as 
fundable planned EEP hours. Non-qualification hours must not include the hours 
for T Level industry placements.

vs 20/21:

107.Many students will look for work experience opportunities independently, or take 
part time jobs. This independent work experience or part time work is not funded 
as part of a study programme. Non-qualification hours must not include the hours 
for T Level industry placements.

Kirsti Barratt

Brilliant, thank you both for looking at this and coming back to me.