The ESFA has launched a consultation on proposals for the future arrangements for subcontracting of post 16 education and training. The consultation will run from Tuesday 4 February 2020 to Friday 17 March 2020.
The purpose of this consultation is for the ESFA to hear from those who have an interest in subcontracted delivery to inform their thinking about the nature and extent of the proposed reforms to subcontracting arrangements and the timing of the implementation of them.
It is vital that the views of both sub-contractors and Primes is heard during this consultation, so please ensure you take part.
Proposals within the consultation include:
- To introduce stronger criteria for subcontracted provision delivered at a distance
- Limit the volume of provision that a provider may subcontract by introducing a percentage cap on subcontracted provision of 25% of ESFA post 16 income in 2021/22 and further reducing that percentage to 17.5% in 2022/23 and to 10% in 2023/24.
- To introduce stricter controls on the circumstances in which the whole of a learner’s programme can be subcontracted.
- Exercise greater oversight of the volume and value of provision that can be delivered by a single subcontractor
- Introduction of one set of common funding rules across the various different funding streams
- Capping of funding retained by Primes to not exceed 20%
- Introduction of externally assessed standards for subcontracting management to improve practise across the sector