Do you need support for the adult education budget?

Since the start of 2019, Highfield Qualifications has been supporting providers who are accessing devolved adult education budgets (AEB) across the UK.

We’ve seen providers moving their provision to Highfield due to our comprehensive qualification, resource and unit offer, coupled with unparalleled levels of customer service.

To support providers further, we have developed additional introduction qualifications to enhance our employability provision. We are working to offer solutions for learners looking to enter work in the health and social care, logistics, construction, retail, business administration and customer service sectors.

We’ve continued to map our qualifications and developed resources in line with the key priority areas where skills gaps have been identified by these combined authorities, updating our offer as additional regional skills plans are published.

What’s more, we offer everything from full qualifications to individual units eligible under various funding streams (including the AEB).

For more on the AEB, go to: https://www.highfieldqualifications.com/adult-education-budget

Government confirm final funding proposals for Apprenticeship Levy

funding proposalsFunding Proposals

This week the government confirmed the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017.

The levy will be payable by all UK employers that have a wage bill of more than £3 million. Employers will have to pay 0.5% of their pay roll costs, and these payments will be collected by HMRC from April 2017.  Employers that are not eligible to pay the levy will continue to receive government support towards apprenticeship training and assessment.

Following an open consultation with employers and training providers, the government has confirmed the final funding proposals of how the apprenticeship levy will work. While much of the guidance reiterates points that were announced in August, adjustments have been made to ensure that the reforms benefit more employers, providers and apprentices.

Key features from the updated funding policy include:

  • employers and training providers who take on 16 to 18-year-olds or 19 to 24-year-olds, who were in care or who have an education, health and care plan, on an apprenticeship framework or standard, will receive a £1,000 payment from the government
  • employers will now have 24 months to spend the levy funds within their digital account before they expire, extended from the 18 months originally proposed
  • higher funding bands for STEM apprenticeship frameworks; this has increased by 40% for level 2 and 80% for level 3
  • non-levy paying employers will only have to contribute 10% to the cost of training and assessment, with the remaining 90% funded by the government
  • employers with fewer than 50 employees who do not pay the levy will receive full government funding if they take on apprentices who are 16 to 18 years old, 19 to 24-year-old care leavers, or 19 to 24 year olds with an education, health and care plan
  • a commitment to introduce the ability for employers to transfer funds within their digital account to other employers in their supply chain and sector by 2018
  • training providers will also receive an additional cash payment equivalent to 20% of the funding band maximum where they train 16 to 18-year-olds on apprenticeship frameworks
  • the 15 funding bands have now been confirmed, which range from £1, 500 to £27,000
  • additional funding support up to £600 for apprentices who live in disadvantaged areas to ensure that the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship is open to everyone, regardless of where they live, their background or family circumstances
  • training providers will be able to claim a flat rate of £471 direct from the government if they deliver English or maths, so that all apprentices have a basic knowledge of each subject
  • training providers will be able to claim up to £150 of additional funding on behalf of apprentices who require extra support because of a learning or other disability

If you are still unsure about how the levy will impact your business, or still have unanswered questions, please contact a member of the Highfield Assessment team today on sales@highfieldassessment.com.

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Highfield qualifications approved for Local Flexibility Funding

We are pleased to announce that a further 45 Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance qualifications have been approved for local flexibility funding for the academic year 2016/17.

We now deliver a total of 94 local flexibility funded qualifications available as part of the Adult Education Budget, and anticipate that more qualifications will soon be approved for funding for the academic year of 2016/17!

10 new qualifications approved for funding

HABC LogoThe Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced that is has approved a further 10 new qualifications for Highfield, raising the total number of qualifications we offer to 70.

The funded qualifications are:

  • HABC Level 2 Certificate in Providing Security Services (QCF)
  • HABC Level 3 Diploma in Driving Goods Vehicles (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration (QCF)
  • HABC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Principles (Food and Beverage Service) (QCF)
  • HABC Level 3 Certificate in Retail Knowledge (QCF)
  • HABC Level 2 Diploma in Retail Skills (QCF)
  • HABC Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
  • HABC Level 1 Award in Customer Service (QCF) *new qualification*

A list of all 70 funded qualifications that can be delivered by Highfield Approved Centres is available here.

If you are a Highfield Approved Centre and would like to add any of these qualifications to your current provision, then please contact your account manager directly. If you are not currently a Highfield Approved Centre and would like to become one to start delivering our funded qualifications, then please visit here and you’ll be able to start your application process to join us.

Funding for apprenticeship and WBL qualifications confirmed

work-based learning qualificationsHABC has received official confirmation from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) that several of its apprenticeship and work-based learning qualifications will be funded.

The qualifications will be added to the SFA’s Simplified Funding Rates Catalogue for 2014/15, meaning that training providers can draw down funding for their delivery.

The qualifications that have had funding confirmed are:

  • HABC Level 2 Certificate In Warehousing and Storage Principles (QCF);
  • HABC Level 2 Certificate In Cleaning Principles (QCF);
  • HABC Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading Principles (QCF);
  • HABC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF); and
  • HABC Level 2 Certificate In Customer Service (QCF).

Additionally the learning information aims available through The Hub (which provides online services for use by organisations working with the SFA) will be updated accordingly based on this development.

Please be aware that it is your responsibility to confirm funding availability for the programmes you anticipate delivering. Confirmation of funding should be discussed with your SFA representative or primary contract holder.

Further information on the extensive range of qualifications available from HABC is available here.