ESFA hiring team to focus on audit and intervention at private training providers

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is to focus on intervention and prevention in independent training providers following a number of high profile failures, as it continues to beef up its audit team.

Its latest recruitment drive for its “market oversight” unit includes six advertised roles, who will try to identify financial problems at ITPs before they occur and “respond swiftly to provider failure to ensure learner and employer interests are protected and new, high quality provision is identified”.

The new jobs include an assurance manager, senior assurance officer, assistance assurance officer, and a graduate assistance assurance officer.

Also being recruited is a post-16 senior interventions support officer and a post-16 financial intervention support manager.

All adverts, posted on the civil service jobs website, state that they will have a specific focus on independent training providers.

The extra agency resource comes after a series of significant failures, requiring the transfer of thousands of apprentices to new employers and providers.

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