Independent training providers new intervention measures

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Reinforced monitoring, intervention and tighter contract management, in our new intervention strategy, aim to eradicate the supply of low-quality training, protect learners and protect public funds.

The majority of independent training providers (ITPs) we contract with provide good quality education and training. However, there are a small number where delivery does not meet our requirements resulting in learners not getting the training they need and putting public funds at risk.

Currently, we only take action when an ITP has been deemed inadequate by Ofsted, or has failed to meet minimum standards or financial health requirements.

With the aim of ending a poor supply of training and learning, where data and analysis suggest a risk to learners or public funds, as part of our new intervention measures, we can intervene early ( with the use of sanctions, such as suspension of recruitment or restriction of growth) while assurance is acquired or corrective action is taken.

In our contracts, we will provide clarity on the specific actions we will take to remedy violations, setting defined timeframes.

In addition, to ensure the protection of learners and public funds, in the event of supplier default, we will ensure that all ITP contracts (as of August 1, 2019) have an exit plan indicating how the supplier will help us to transfer learners. This will ensure, if a supplier goes out of business, stability and clarity for learners and the industry and reduced risk to public funds.

Chief Executive Officer Eileen Milner said:

ITPs are essential to the infrastructure of continuing education, supporting learners and employers through the provision of apprenticeships, adult skills, education for young people and specialist provision.

While the majority of training providers’ delivery meets our training standards, there will always be a small number who begin to fall short of those standards.

We must continue to ensure that learners have a quality learning experience and that every pound of public money is invested wisely. By introducing stronger early intervention measures and tighter contract management arrangements, this will minimize disruption to learners and risks to public funds when provider failures begin to manifest.

Read the full operational guide for more information.


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