Melanie Aspinall

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ESF Match Funding

Hi all, Just doing a policies review and I was wondering, for subcontractors that you stopped subcontracting a few years ago with, would you still need document and retention policies, sustainabili...

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Withdrawn learner - restart - 20%OTJ

Hi, I have a learner who started a L7 Standard with us in Nov 2017 and left his employer (not made redundant) in March 2020. He couldn't find a new employer so we withdrew him from the programme. H...

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Apprenticeship L3 or above - Functional Skills L2

Hi, If we have an apprentice that doesn't have a L2 Functional Skills qualification for a L3 or above apprenticeship, scores L2 at diagnostics but only really needs to attend a class to prepare the...

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Change of employer after hard close - previous year dates

Hi, At the 11th hour, we've found an apprentice who has changed employer 23 July 2021 within the 30 day allowance. We've submitted our R14 now and it's too late to carry out the paperwork and proce...

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Care Leaver Bursary - Age Limit

Hi, Can someone confirm that the age of 24 is the maximum a learner can apply for a care leaver bursary? A learner can't be 31, for example. TIA, Mel

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Functional Skills - last date in learning

Hi, For functional skills in apprenticeships, can an exam date be considered the actual end date and converted in the ILR to awaiting results on that date or does it have to be the last date of lea...

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Subsidy Control

The apprenticeship funding rules for 21/22  has a new section on Subsidy Control (which in my head has replaced the de minimis state aid option - please feel free to tell me otherwise). For our ver...

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Change of Employer - Pandemic

Was wondering what other people's interpretation is of this that is on the ESFA's Providing apprentices during the Covid-19 pandemic site: Changing employers Funding rules only allow an apprentice ...

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Confused by terminology

Hi, Trying to establish what a financial assurance audit review would be called by the ESFA as they have the Provider Market Oversight Assurance Review and I've just watched an AELP workshop where ...

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Break in learning then change employer

Hi, I know I know the answer to this but doing a sanity check. If a learner is on a break in learning and then whilst on the break changes employer, this has to be classed as a withdrawal and re...