Money spent on management fees cutting quality of apprenticeships

24 Oct 2012

The Ensuring quality in apprenticeships report has been published by Ofsted today to look at apprenticeships in more detail and assess the quality of subcontractors providing services for colleges and training providers.

In 2011 the Skills Funding Agency introduced a policy of minimum contract values. This meant smaller providers had two main choices - to form a consortium or set up as a subcontractor for larger providers. In many cases smaller, often good providers have been penalised by the loss of funding they can use to support apprentices because their lead contractors took too high a fee for very little work, often equating to the loss of frontline members of staff. 

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