The purpose of the Approval and Funding Committee is to make final decisions on the
approval of apprenticeships proposals, standards and assessment plans, and to make
final decisions on behalf of the Institute on funding band recommendations, which will be
put to DfE. The Committee also reviews and approves the associated content that makes
up the T Level technical qualification (TQ). This includes outline content, TQ specifications and sample assessment materials.
The Approval and Funding Committee has delegated authority from the Institute’s Board to
oversee the approvals process. This includes the authority to:
The Committee will also execute the strategic remit of the Institute by ensuring:
The Approval and Funding Committee will provide wider advice to the Board relating to the
approach to Approvals and Funding, particularly where this may impact on the Institute’s
reputation or ability to achieve operational excellence.
The Committee is accountable to the Institute’s Board. There will be a right of appeal from the proposing trailblazer groups to the Board.
The membership will be four board members. Quorum will be two board members and
decisions may be made by a simple majority. This Committee will be chaired by a
designated Board member.
The Committee will meet monthly, aligning with the Route Panel meetings to meet the 6-week approval deadline and the Institute’s Board meetings where possible. The Chief of
Staff’s Office will provide the secretariat function and will record minutes and actions falling out of the Committee meetings.
Business can be conducted electronically as this is a final ratification stage, and in exceptional circumstances, additional meetings of the Committee can be called.