Ben James

Apprenticeships Regulatory Officer in at an HE institution. Previously worked in FE Apprenticeships for 10 years at the CITB.

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LSF/EAS query

The EAS guide suggests that; 57. When you can claim enough learning support funding through the ILR, you should not use the EAS. We expect you to use the EAS only when there is no alternative meth...

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Entry requirements for programmes

If a programme has an entry requirement mandating candidates must possess Level 2 English and Maths before they're accepted onto the course, would this supersede the below; P123 English and/or mat...

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Director eligibility

If the director of a company wishes to undertake a Level 7 apprenticeship and suggests that one of their fellow directors could act as their de facto 'line manager' for the purposes of contract/app...

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Unfunded (POT1) to Funded (POT2)

I'm waiting for the service desk to advise as to whether this is possible, but wanted to gauge public opinion also. We have a learner who started in Oct-21, but his employer did not reserve funding...

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Change of Employer late notification

How would people approach this scenario? Learner changes from employer 1 to employer 2, and the actual gap between the two is 10 days. However, the change was not disclosed to the provider for seve...

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Specialism change

If an apprentice is changing specialisms within the same standard (akin to changing pathways I would say), how are people processing these generally? Closing the old record down per the "Record new...

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New/revised apprenticeship agreement

If a learner returns from a BIL, we revise the existing apprenticeship agreement to account for the extended duration and generally include the return to learning date alongside the original start ...

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OPP dates

Forgive the daft question.. but are OPPs calculated based on full months? So if an apprentice's PED is 21/4/22 for instance, we wouldn't expect an OPP for the month of April? From what I can see th...

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Degree planned end date

Would the PED for an integrated programme be inclusive of the EPA period? The rules state; An integrated standard is where the end-point assessment is incorporated into the main learning aim (usual...

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ILR Spec/Provider Support Manual issues

Is anyone else having issues actually searching within the ILR spec/PSM? For some reason, regardless of what I search for in the search box, it says "No results"