The Institute is responsible for making a funding band recommendation on every apprenticeship standard to the Secretary of State for Education, who takes the final decision. Each apprenticeship is allocated to one of 30 funding bands, which range from £1,500 to £27,000. We make a funding band recommendation to the Secretary of State for Education, who takes the final decision. We follow the process below.
When you receive approval from the Institute for your occupation proposal, we will provide you with information about the funding bands assigned to apprenticeship standards that share similar characteristics, for example the same route, similar level and duration. This is to give you an overview of typical levels of funding.
When you submit your end-point assessment (EPA) plan, you should submit at least three training provider quotes and one end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) quote. If it’s not possible to get quotes from three training providers, please discuss options with your Relationship Manager.
To ensure your funding band is sufficient to support high quality training, you need to obtain quotes from training providers on the Register of Approved Training Providers (RoATP).
You need to develop an outline training plan for training providers to base their quotes on, using the apprenticeship training plan form.
The apprenticeship training plan form requires you to set out the training that you would expect a typical apprentice to receive. You need to send this with the apprenticeship training delivery quote form to training providers to get quotes against it. If costs over £100 are unclear, missing, or not itemised in quotes, we may request clarification from you.
The apprenticeship training plan form and apprenticeship training delivery quote forms also invite you and the training providers to identify additional information about comparable apprenticeship standards, training courses or wider information about features of training in your sector(s), which you feel we should take into consideration, alongside other factors, in the funding band recommendation process.
You will also have to submit an EPA delivery quote based on your EPA plan. This quote can be obtained from any EPAO that is able to deliver the EPA and they don’t have to be an organisation on the RoEPAO. You should use the apprenticeship training delivery quote form to capture this information.
It is important to provide all the information and quotes requested, as this will be your only chance to submit information to help inform our funding band recommendation. For guidance, model forms can be found in the second sheet/tab in the excel document of each form.
The additional information, training provider and EPAO quotes, help to inform our funding band recommendation, alongside other factors.
We follow the steps below:
Step 2. Review of training and assessment costs
One funding band will be allocated to each apprenticeship standard. Core and option apprenticeship standards will be allocated one funding band; different funding bands will not be allocated for different options. Where options have different costs associated with them, the funding band will be assigned based on the lowest cost option to achieve the apprenticeship standard. Training for any options taken beyond the ‘minimum’ required for the apprenticeship standard, would be outside the apprenticeship and employers will need to pay the difference from other funds.
Trailblazer groups developing a core and options apprenticeship standard should ensure that the information covers all the options and clearly identifies the training required for each option.
You must submit evidence to us to inform the funding band recommendation. You need to complete an apprenticeship training plan form, to describe the off-the-job training a typical apprentice will need to achieve competence against the occupational standard, excluding English and Maths (which is funded separately).
You must send this with the apprenticeship training delivery quote form to training providers in order to get quotes for the training required to deliver your apprenticeship standard. Your relationship manager will be able to provide advice on these forms and the level of detail required. You may also wish to make use of a funding workshop, the model forms found in the second sheet/tab of each form and the FAQs.
You will also have to submit an end-point assessment delivery quote based on your EPA plan. This quote can be obtained from any EPA Organisation (EPAO) that is able to deliver the EPA and they don’t have to be an organisation on the RoEPAO. You should use the apprenticeship training delivery quote form to capture this information.
The training programme that you set out is an example of how training might be delivered. Different employers and training providers may opt for different training approaches. The training and assessment methods set out must focus on meeting the knowledge, skills and behaviours specified in the apprenticeship standard.
This process map describes how the form should be completed: