Funding

Team Enterprises work in partnership with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and where possible will aim to seek funding on your behalf  for your qualification. The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).  They fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships. If your qualification programme is funded through the Skills Funding Agency it is therefore deemed part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The European Social Fund (ESF) is designed to improve the skills of the workforce and to help people who have difficulties finding work. The Skills Funding Agency uses ESF to provide additional investment to support and enhance its mainstream activity, to enable disadvantaged people to access and benefit from employment and skills opportunities. Funding criteria and eligibility depends on many factors, we therefore ask that you contact Team Enterprises directly to discuss further. To use our online contact form please click here. Please note that since the introduction of the Advanced Learner Loan, funding for Level 3 and above qualifications for those aged 19 and over is no longer available. For more information on loans, please click here.

Subcontracting Policy

Scope
This policy applies to all activity supported with funds supplied by the Skills Funding Agency including ESF Match Funding.

Context
This policy is now a mandatory requirement of the Skills Funding Agency and is effective from 1st August 2013. The content of this policy has been developed in line with the SFA Funding Rules.

Overarching Principle
Team Enterprises will use subcontractors to optimise the impact and effectiveness of service delivery to learners. Team Enterprises will ensure that: – activities comply with the principles of best practice in the skills sector. – at all times undertake fair and transparent procurement activities, conducting robust due diligence procedures on potential subcontractors to ensure compliance with the Common Accord and to ensure that the highest quality of learning is made available demonstrating value for money and a positive impact on leaners lives.

Funding that is retained by Team Enterprises, will be related to the cost of services provided. Such services, and the level of funding retained for them, will be clearly documented and the rates will be commercially viable for both parties. They will be proportionate to the services being provided.

Rationale for Sub-Contracting
The service engages with sub-contractors to better meet customer needs. Reasons are varied but could be:
– To temporarily expand provision to meet a short term need, providing access to, or engagement with, a new range of customers
– To ensure delivery intention is met where there is a recognised risk in direct provision.
– To support another provider to develop capacity/quality
– To provide niche delivery where the cost of developing direct delivery would be inappropriate

Quality Assurance
Sub-contracted activity is a fundamental part of Team Enterprises provision. The quality of the provision will be monitored and managed through our existing QA processes and procedures, as amended in order to fully encompass all sub-contracted activity. This policy positions sub-contracted provision as a core part of our activity to enable continuous improvements in the quality of teaching and learning for both Team Enterprises and its subcontractors. This will be achieved through the sharing of effective practice across the group, for example through the Self Assessment Report process. The service will support and/or facilitate the development of sub-contractors staff to improve the quality of provision delivered.

Publication of information relating to sub-contracting
In compliance with Skills Funding Agency and other agency funding that apply. Team Enterprises will publish its sub-contracting fees and charges policy and actual end of year sub-contracting fees and charges on its website before the start of each academic year (and in the case of actual end of year data, as required by SFA). This will only relate to ‘provision subcontracting’ i.e. subcontracted delivery on full programmes or frameworks.

The service will ensure all actual and potential subcontractors have sight of this policy and any other relevant documentation during the procurement and contracting process.
The typical percentage retaing to manage subcontractors is 15% and 85% reimbursed to the subcontract partner.

Standard service management fee is 15% of all funding drawn down against the provision to be delivered. This figure represents the cost that Team Enterprises incurs in effectively identifying, selecting and managing all sub-contracted provision. This covers the cost to Team Enterprises of any additional support that Team Enterprises deems necessary to ensure the quality of teaching and learning and the success rates of any sub contracted provision.

Team Enterprises will also promote sharing of good practice across a partnership of sub-contracted providers and help improve delivery to customers. Regular action points will be corresponded to the sub contract partners to cover performance, payments and quality assurance matters. Regular review meetings will be conducted to cover the action points identified during formal monitoring.

Payment terms between Team Enterprises and subcontractors will be details in the contractual agreement but will not exceed 30 following receiving the approved invoice and associated requested documentation from the sub contract partner.

This policy will be reviewed annually.

Actual level of funding paid and retained for Subcontractors Coaching Connexions in 2014/2015  : £139,480.53