The government announced that it has placed a pause on the non-levy apprenticeship procurement process. Existing apprenticeship providers will have their current ESFA contracts extended until 31 December 2017 to enable new starts in respect of non-levy paying SME employers while ministers review the system.
This is to allow the ESFA to review their approach to ensure that they achieve the right balance between stability of supply and promoting competition and choice for employers. It is important that we fully consider how best to achieve these outcomes in a way that achieves the best value for employers and apprentices as we move to a fully employer-led system.
Provided that you are on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, your existing contract will be extended until the end of December 2017.
The full details can be found on the ESFA website here: Procurement for apprenticeship training in smaller employers