The government has announced today that it has placed a pause on the non-levy apprenticeship procurement process. As AELP has previously lobbied for, existing apprenticeship providers will have their current ESFA contracts extended until 31 December 2017 to enable new starts in respect of non-levy paying SME employers while ministers review the system.
Further details can be found at:
AELP – https://www.aelp.org.uk/news/general/details/providers-to-get-their-non-levy-apprenticeship-con/
ESFA – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/procurement-for-apprenticeship-training-in-smaller-employers
FE Week – http://feweek.co.uk/2017/04/12/breaking-government-pauses-procurement-for-apprenticeships-with-smaller-employers/