Following the publication of the government’s Plan for Jobs which included a £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships available, the ESFA is planning a procurement opportunity to allow providers access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.
Providers will need to be able to start providing high-quality traineeships quickly through a ring-fenced contract for service. Details on how the ESFA will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 – 18 year old will be published shortly. All opportunities to bid for the funding will be handled through the DfE’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. You can register online.
The Plan for Jobs included a commitment to provide thousands of new traineeships to get young people aged 16 to 24 (up to 25 for those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) in England into work.
As well as an investment of £111m for 2020 to 2021, there are new flexibilities and opportunities which will strengthen traineeships and widen access to them for young people:
We will publish an updated traineeships framework for delivery and funding rules over the next month.
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