The desire to simplify the further education system has been a key objective of both government and AELP for many years. Despite genuine attempts to free up the system, it wasn’t until the introduction of the single Adult Skills Budget (ASB) two years ago, that ITPs were given the opportunity to be more flexible in their approach to delivering government funded provision.
The establishment of a single ASB enabled all providers to deliver the full range programmes funded by the Skills Funding Agency, including classroom-based programmes and programmes for the unemployed. This was a major step forward and was welcomed by all providers. However, many ITPs, who previously delivered either Train to Gain (TtG) , Apprenticeships or both, felt that they had little flexibility within their ASB funding allocation as they were required to switch most of their former TtG allocation into Apprenticeship delivery. As a consequence, use of the new flexibilities has been slower than might have been expected.
The flexibilities and freedoms are set out in several important documents, in particular New Challenges, New Chances issued by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in December 2011. http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/n/11-1384-new-challenges-new-chances-summary-responses-to-consultation.pdf
The resources on this page have been designed to build confidence in the use of the budget flexibilities throughout the independent training provider community.
Another helpful guide published in May 2012 designed for all providers active in the employment, learning and skills markets may be of interest to your organisation ‘Provider Guide - A Guide to Delivering Adult Skills Provision to the Unemployed’ . To download your complimentary copy click on link to view page - http://www.aelp.org.uk/news/general/details/provider-guide-a-guide-to-delivering-adult-skills/ .