The Publicly Funded Offer for Adults in 2013/14
The catalogue listing the publicly funded offer for adults in 2013/14 and the funding rates for the learning aims within the offer is now available in the Simplified Funding Catalogue on the Skills Funding Agency website. This follows our commitment in the Skills Funding Statement 2012-2015 to publish the funding rates for 2013/14 in January 2013.
The Simplified Funding Catalogue includes regulated qualifications available across the Adult Skills Budget and OLASS and also those available as part of the Advanced 24+ Loans Offer which commences 1 April 2013, together with the maximum loan amounts.
The publicly funded offer 2013/14
We want to ensure that the publicly funded qualifications offer for adults is robust, high quality and occupationally relevant. We are therefore taking steps to rationalise the publicly funded offer for adults for 2013/14, and intend to do this in consultation with the sector.
We have reviewed all qualifications that have been available since 31 December 2010. Where these qualifications have had either no publicly funded enrolments or fewer than 100 publicly funded enrolments in the funding year 2011/12 or the first quarter of 2012/13 (1 August to 31 October 2012), we intend to remove public funding for new starts in these qualifications in 2013/14.
We recognise that there may be a need to continue funding new starts for some qualifications with limited demand, and we launched a notification process on 6 February for awarding organisations, colleges and training providers to notify us.
The deadline for submitting notification documents and supporting evidence was Wednesday 6 March 2013.
We are now completing the review of qualifications which were in scope for removal of public funding for new starts in 2013/14. We will update the catalogue of qualifications available for public funding in 2013/14 by the end of April. This update will include those qualifications which, following feedback from the sector and our own reviews, will continue to be funded in 2013/14.
Personal Learning Record Awarding Organisation Agreement
On 28 September 2012 the Chief Executive of Skills Funding wrote to colleges and training organisations to advise them about the implementation of the Personal Learning Record (the PLR).
This confirmed that Ofqual-recognised awarding organisations which had not signed the PLR Awarding Organisation Agreement (the Agreement) and begun to upload achievement data would cease to be funded for new starts on their qualifications with effect from 1 August 2013.
We have convened a PLR Implementation Group to work collaboratively with awarding organisations on this matter and take forward implementation of the PLR.
By November 2012, 136 awarding organisations had signed the Agreement and we are continuing to work with them to ensure they have the support they need to start uploading achievement data.
The following awarding organisations (below) have qualifications approved for funding but have not yet signed the Agreement. Funding for new starts on qualifications offered by these awarding organisations will therefore cease from 1 August 2013.
- Accrediting and Assessment Bureau Post Secondary Schools
- Association of British Dispensing Opticians
- British Canoe Union AB
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
- Chartered Insurance Institute
- Institute of Commercial Management
- Institute of Hospitality
- NCC Education Services
- New Era Academy of Drama and Music (London) Ltd
- Packaging Industry Awarding Body Company
- The Pensions Management Institute
- WSET Awards
- The Institution of Fire Engineers
We would like to remind colleges and training organisations that to enable results to be recorded in the PLR, accurate Unique Learner Number information should be supplied to awarding organisations for candidates entered for qualifications. More information on this area is available here.