GMLPF is aware that members have this week received correspondence from ESFA, which identifies the value attached to their extended non levy allocations over the period April 19-March 2020.
It seems that these allocations may be subject to further change. However, GMLPF understands that the ESFA has indicated that the primary focus of the extension contracts should be upon carry in funding and supporting existing learners rather than supporting new starts.
This may have a significant impact upon members and the wider, local apprenticeship market. GMLPF is keen to understand what the impact of the new allocations are on your organisation so we can raise this issue with the Combined Authority locally and also with AELP. With this in mind, could GMLPF members with apprenticeship contracts who have been given extensions e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org indicating:
- If the value of the extension contract is broadly more, the same or less than the previous year
- Whether, after factoring in carry in funding, there will be an impact on apprenticeship starts over the coming year ie up, down or broadly the same. It would be helpful to have some scale of change if the extension contract is resulting in significant change ie 25% increase, 50% decrease
- What wider impact there might be on your organisation as a result of the extension contract