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With over 10 years experience of managing relationships with Private Training Providers (PTPs), Eastleigh College has built a consortium that has an excellent reputation and continues to grow year on year.                                      

That reputation has established the College as one of the largest contract holders with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) nationally, and has assured our knowledge of Local Enterprise Partner (LEP) management, employer engagement, consulting, delivering new standards and now preparing for the expansion of the Digital Account Service to include non-levy employers from April 2019. Currently the Eastleigh College consortium has 21 partners delivering Apprenticeships in a broad variety of industries, with contracts that range in value from £375,000 up to £4million+ per year.          

PTP’s who are successful at the Expression of Interest Stage (which has now closed) will be notified in the week commencing 9th April 2018 and invited to attend an interview at the College. Those successful at interview will need to pass our due diligence process and an observation of delivery by our Compliance Team. It is intended that new partners will have a contract start date of 1st May 2018.

Please note, owing to the anticipated high volumes of interest, the decision of the College at each stage of the process will be final and not subject to appeal.

New Partner Recruitment    

Similar to others in the sector, we have experienced double digit reductions in non-levy enrolments which has impacted the consortium capacity and our ability to deliver the ESFA contract that we have for 2018/19.

As a key partner with the ESFA, the College aims for our managed Apprenticeships to focus on building career pathways through experience of work and high quality training. The College’s longstanding approach has been to blend training delivery with the support of in-house teams and external ‘expert’ provision; we expect consortium members to share our goals and be willing to work with us to provide highly effective skills development.          

We are now seeking new Private Training Providers (PTPs) to join our national consortium to utilise non-levy Apprenticeship funding and continue a relationship beyond 2019 through a commercial services arrangement. These PTPs will enhance our offer and provide a clear strategic fit with the College’s overarching strategic plan.

The consortium and our expectations

The Eastleigh College Consortium has a 2017/18 allocation of £17m, of which £9m is Apprenticeship delivery. The significant non-Apprenticeship budget is allocated to aid PTPs with employer engagement, standalone functional skills investment, access to Apprenticeship pathways and Traineeships. We are not recruiting any providers looking to deliver non-Apprenticeships only.

To ensure we meet targets and fully utilise ESFA allocations, the College proposes to identify Apprenticeship opportunities with new providers who are seeking funding to aid:     

  • Recruiting new employees as apprentices
  • Up-skilling existing staff
  • Developing ongoing progression pathways within an organisation
  • Community and business engagement
  • Support of economic initiatives and area regeneration/improvement schemes 

The Consortium are governed by a dedicated member of the College’s senior executive team, with separate Partnerships and Quality teams responsible for the adherence of the College contract and compliance to ESFA/HEFCE funding rules. Both departments are led by Procurement and Teaching specialists respectively.                             

These teams will take responsibility for the monitoring of the Apprenticeship programme in line with OFSTED/QAA and ESFA expectations, whilst ensuring that delivery and support are of the highest standard. Though the actual approach for this activity will depend upon programme design and the delivery model chosen.                   

Interested PTPs should be competent Apprenticeship providers with a strong offer and excellent reputation. In return, benefits include:

  • Management of funding body audits and Ofsted inspections
  • Expertise and knowledge
  • Competitive management rate
  • Advice and guidance on funding; SFA, BIS, ROTO, LEP, European funding
  • No manual invoicing and timely payment
  • Monthly MI reports on key funding body benchmarks and targets (i.e.) achievement rates, in learning numbers, outcome achievements and delivery against contract volumes and value
  • Dedicated Quality Assurance personnel who will ensure you are delivering in line with funding body, awarding body and Ofsted requirements
  • Company identity, although as a member of this partnership all performance data will individualised
  • Funding growth
  • Non-Apprenticeship funding to enhance and optimise your Apprenticeship offer (traineeships, standalone functional skills, classroom-based*)  

*Eastleigh College will listen to proposals for classroom-based delivery if there is an obvious benefit to the learners (upskilling, promotion or employment).   

Training providers will resource and deliver the Apprenticeship training and on-programme assessments defined by a given framework or standard. This will be set out in the call-off contract. For Apprenticeship standards, this provision will have to ensure required skills, knowledge and behaviours have been learnt, for apprentices to successfully enter the gateway to end-point assessment.

Training providers must also fully meet ESFA rules and requirements as set out in the Apprenticeship funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018. Read the requirements on the Government website.

Training providers will also:

  • Manage and pay for end-point assessment arrangements for Apprenticeship standards. Any end-point assessments must be independent and meet requirements set out in the assessment plan for the standard. Training providers who have delivered all or part of the training, MUST NOT undertake end-point assessment for that same group of apprentices.
  • Provide a clear scheme of work with regular, up-to-date and accurate information on the progress of learners. This will be against agreed scheme together with objective assessments of likely individual outcomes.
  • Provide evidence of effective and approved teaching and learning, proof of eligibility to deliver Apprenticeships (meeting ESFA, Awarding Organisation and other Advisory/Regulatory Body standards as defined by BCC), participate fully in shared observations and active involvement in the College’s quality assurance and improvement processes.
  • Be listed on the government’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.
  • Be able to demonstrate materials that are of a benefit to employers when managing the 20% off-the-job training requirements.
  • Possess a clear understanding of requirements from the ESFA and/or Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) requirements and the Apprenticeship Levy.
  • Ensure quality of delivery supported by procedures will be judged at least ‘good’ by OFSTED or QAA for overall effectiveness and Apprenticeships. This includes any relevant Awarding Organisation External Quality Assurance reports and other similar information relevant to a particular Apprenticeship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to deliver approved Apprenticeship frameworks and standards with the delivery being undertaken by appropriately qualified members of staff.
  • Have an effective system for the monitoring of learners and timely sharing of that information.
  • Demonstrate a high level of learner outcomes, both in terms of success rates and positive progressions from their programmes for learners.

Sectors of Delivery                                

Due to the nature of the business and variety of services the College, schools and local employers provide, we are looking for providers who can deliver training across a range of occupations from level 2 to 7.

Occupations of particular interest to the College have been designated a LOT, with the intention to appoint a range of PTPs for each LOT. Appointment to a LOT does not necessarily guarantee the College agreement to procure training during the lifetime of any subsequent agreement.


1 Business and Administration, Customer Service, Marketing and Events
2 Project Management
3 Leadership and Management
4 Housing
5 Property and Facilities Management and Operations
6 Construction, Building Services and Civil Engineering
7 Accounting and Finance
8 Cleaning and Environmental Support Services
9 Energy Management and Sustainable Resource Management
10 Digital Industries
11 Parks (Horticulture), Sports and Leisure
12 Learning and Development, Training, Schools
13 Social Work
14 Law and Legal Services
15 Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships
16 Planning
17 Public Services
18 Museums and Libraries


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