SFA issue funding warning
7/11/2013 - Posted in: Funding news
We want to make all our centres fully aware of an all-important Skills Funding Agency (SFA) announcement which came out recently; this relates to 19+ funding for qualifications OUTSIDE of the apprenticeship framework.
This means qualifications which sit within apprenticeship frameworks are not affected by this announcement.
The SFA are intending to CEASE funding for over 1,200 qualifications with either low or no enrolments across all awarding organisations.
This will come into effect for new starts from 1st August 2014; we urge every centre contact to take this seriously and closely examine the FDQ list - available here
. Please contact us immediately
if they feel that funding is to be withdrawn from a specific qualification which will have an adverse, unreasonable impact on learners or on particular employers they work with.
Please view the FDQ qualifications list by clicking this link
to ensure that qualifications important to your business are not affected. This should be done immediately as the SFA will consider appeals from you via FDQ at this point, IF there is EVIDENCE to show that the withdrawal of funding will have an adverse, unreasonable or uneven impact on your learners or your employers.
The review and appeal period is open now and closes on 29th November 2013.
Please contact us if you have any queries or concerns relating to qualifications on this list. As your awarding organisation we are here to support you and would be able to formally notify the SFA of qualification funding which should be retained, and help you in gathering appropriate evidence.
For your information, permissible evidence includes:
- entry data or letters of support from centres that they are looking to enrol a certain number of adult learners on a given qualification
- reasoning that a specified group of learners would suffer from the loss of that qualification due to lack of alternative provision
- reasoning perhaps with supportive letters that an employer or groups of employers would be adversely impacted by the loss of the qualification
In total 22 of our qualifications are affected, the isolated list of FDQ qualifications involved in this are downloadable via this link.
To view the completed list of qualifications affected, across all awarding organisations, please click here.
Any FDQ centre concerned about this must consider the evidence requirements and contact Terry Fennell on 0113 3970 355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we have spoken to you, you will be required to submit a letter of evidence to us by 22nd November 2013.