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Supply Chain Management Resource Bank

Over the past few years the FE sector  has seen a rapid growth in sub-contracting.  This has been due to a combination of factors including the  introduction of Minimum Contract Levels (MCL) in 2011, new providers entering the market and existing providers working more closely.

Subcontracting enables providers to respond quickly to employer and learner demand, provide greater choice for learners, ensure national coverage, maintain the delivery of niche provision and support local communities.  It also enables them to be flexible in what is often an uncertain and changing market.  However sub-contracting significant levels of provision can increase levels of risk.

“...Subcontracting can represent a higher risk to public funding. It is however an important element of the further education system, and where used well enables it to provide a high-quality, locally responsive offer. It is clear that we need the right balance between promoting high-quality supply chains and the right controls to tackle activity that is not in the best interest of learners and employers...”

Skills Funding Agency, Kim Thorneywork, Interim Chief Executive (extract August 2012) re: New Subcontracting Clause 2012/13

The resources that are available in the Supply Chain Management Resource Bank are designed to help providers minimise that risk and to establish effective supply chains that provide value for money whilst offering outstanding learning opportunities.

AELP wishes to thank all those providers who have generously shared the examples of good practice.

Disclaimer – please note that  AELP, LSIS and AoC can not be held responsible for the effectiveness of the resources published in the Supply Chain Management Resource Bank.

Resources and case studies are available to download below.



Supply Chain Management Playbook

The hugely popular Supply Chain Management Good Practice Guide is now available as an interactive SCM Playbook on the AELP website.  The new resource produced by the Mentor Group for AELP, with the support of former agency Learning and Skills Improvement Service.  Like the guide, it aims to support the development of high quality subcontracting processes and practices in the FE sector.

The content have been updated to include coverage of the new funding rules related to sub-contracting including a new ‘Question and Answer’ sections which draw on providers experiences of different aspects of the supply chain management process have also been added.

* Supply Chain Management Playbook

Supply Chain Management Playbook

> Common Accord

Common Accord

2. Local Provider case studies and resources:

KEITS Training Services Ltd
West Berkshire Training Consortium (WBTC)

3. Consortia provider case study and resources

BCTG (Black Country Training Group)

4. FE College provider case studies and resources

West Nottinghamshire College
North Warwickshire & Hinckley College (NWHC)

6. Training and Enterprise Council Quality Assurance: Supplier Management (TEC:SM) - Summary

Training and Enterprise Council Quality Assurance: Supplier Management (TEC:SM) - Summary

7. Merlin Standard - Summary

Merlin Standard - Summary

8. Risk Assessment and performance management - examples of tried and tested methods

Risk Assessment and performance management - examples of tried and tested methods.

9. Skills Funding Agency Supply Chain Survey (2012)

Skills Funding Agency Supply Chain Survey (2012)

Supply Chain Management Guide

Supply Chain Management Guide