The Institute understands that in the current climate many organisations are having to make difficult decisions about their businesses. As a result we are extending our ongoing consultation on funding by six weeks and will close on Monday 18 May at midday.

The Institute is consulting on the process for how we recommend funding bands. This consultation launched on Monday 24 February and closes on Monday 18 May at midday

The consultation sets out a proposed core model and seeks views on two options for addressing differences in costs of teaching and consumables.

The consultation is accompanied by an interim impact assessment of the current model and its options.

We have also published the Cost of Delivering Apprenticeship Standards report on the Institute’s website.

This report was jointly commissioned by the Institute, ESFA and undertaken by independent research organisation IFF Research. The report should be considered alongside the consultation as the proposed model draws upon the findings of the research.

It remains our intention to conduct a pilot and we will keep under review the most appropriate time to conduct it. We will give details of how the pilot will take place at least one month’s notice before we begin piloting.

The extension to the consultation and delay to the start of the pilot mean that we will not rollout the new model to the original planned timetable – summer 2020. Instead, working closely with the sector, we will ensure that transition to a new process is done so at a time and in a way that minimises unnecessary disruption.

Please continue to the consultation, which can be saved and returned to at any point until the consultation closes. If you require any further information or support in responding to this consultation please email

Unfortunately, due to the PM’s announcement on 16 March, we were unable to proceed with the face-to-face London and Bristol funding consultation events as planned. To replace these events, we are hosting a series of webinar sessions. You can register your interest on Eventbrite.

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