Background and Services
Shaw Education Trust (SET) is a growing Multi Academy Trust with 8 schools across 9 sites in Staffordshire, Birmingham and Greater Manchester. We aim to deliver outstanding outcomes for our pupils and pride ourselves on excellent teaching and learning support for our teaching staff. We also have a large team of support staff including our head office team, school support teams and teaching assistants.
We are looking for a college or apprenticeship provider to work with us to deliver our apprenticeship levy to our current staff as well as support on recruiting apprentices where appropriate.
The training will benefit our pupils by underpinning our mission to deliver outstanding achievement and opportunity for them all. With the education sector facing significant financial constraints, we believe that it is vitally important to invest in our people and we are hopeful that we will also be able to offer classroom or office apprenticeship opportunities which will also form part of our student and community based local engagement policy.
The proposals submitted by way of response to this invitation will be subject to robust quality assurance and compliance monitoring processes. This is an EOI for training providers on the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) Register of Training Organisations to deliver apprenticeship qualifications or other relevant in-house training which maximises funding opportunities across our sites.
The selected Provider will be expected to advise and shape the development pathways open to new starters and existing staff.
The Trust’s prospective requirements are that we have 900+ staff with a total payroll of over £20m. We wish to appoint a provider quickly to ensure we manage our levy account as effectively and efficiently as possible this year.
We are seeking to invite high quality ESFA approved training provider(s) to submit an Expression of Interest to work with SET for delivery of Apprenticeships.
We will evaluate all EOI’s and then invite a small number to a final presentation stage on 15 June 2017. The Provider should advise on the approach to be adopted e.g. Frameworks / standards / Accreditation / Non-Accreditation.
The successful provider / college(s) will be required to deliver the above in line with the requirements of relevant Accreditations, Awarding Bodies, End Point Assessment and Skills Funding Agency.
Funding and Costs
Shaw Education Trust will be funding requirements from the Apprenticeship Levy where this is appropriate and economical. The anticipated Levy spend for 2017/2018 will be £120k. We will also expect to recruit a small number of apprentices over the course of this year, and we anticipate this rising over the next 2-3 years.
Providers should detail how they will meet the needs of Shaw Education Trust as below:
Delivery and Quality Assurance
The Training Provider / College(s) should be:
Quality & Reporting
The successful Training Provider / College(s) will manage and co-ordinate all required activity, in partnership with SET.
Regular progress meetings will be held between SET and the Apprenticeship Provider. At these meetings the Apprenticeship Provider will share all management data both verbally and in writing. The Apprenticeship Provider will also discuss their plans for developing the programme.
SET requires the Provider to demonstrate they have robust quality measures in place. (NB if there is a consortia bid then the lead provider must demonstrate how ‘quality assurance’, ‘data returns’, support and communications will operate effectively with the employer).
The Provider(s) needs to detail:
It is expected that regular management information on the progress of the learners will be supplied. This should include “Red Amber Green” (RAG) rated (or similar) reports so that managers are aware of individual performance. This will help to ensure individuals are on target and being supported appropriately.
Next Steps and Timescales
Provider / college(s) should specify how they meet the specific employer requirements by as below.
If you require a face to face clarification meeting before final submission we will endeavor to arrange, alternatively should providers have any specific queries please contact:
Telephone: 07989 019666