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					What is Train to Gain,
and what funding is available?


March 2009

Train to Gain, and where it fits in with the new LSC funding
arrangements for 2008/09
The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) funding arrangements for 2008/09 replaced the
variety of post-16 funding streams with three new funding models.
Allocations for the three models apply the same national funding formula, but they have
different contracts, targets, rates, eligibility, monitoring and payment methods.

Five funding streams to three funding models


    School sixth form



  Entry to Employment
  Entry to Employment                                           FE funding model
                                                              16-18mainstream


                                                            Adult-learner-responsive
     FE mainstream
     FE mainstream                                             Apprenticeships
                                                                 funding model


                                                              Employer-responsive
     Apprenticeships
     Apprenticeships                                             Train to Gain
                                                                     model


      Train to Gain
      Train to Gain



 The employer-responsive model funds Apprenticeships, Train to
 Gain and NVQs delivered wholly or partially in the workplace.
The Train to Gain service                                      The Skills Pledge
Train to Gain is a service from the LSC (Learning and Skills   The Skills Pledge is a voluntary, public commitment made
Council) designed to help businesses access the training       by an organisation to support all its employees to develop
they need, and to help fund some of that training.             their basic skills, including literacy and numeracy, and work
                                                               towards relevant, valuable qualifications to at least Level 2.
The LSC is responsible for planning and funding education
                                                               The purpose is to ensure that all staff are skilled,
and training for everyone in England (other than those
                                                               competent and able to make a full contribution to the
in universities).
                                                               success of the organisation. Under Train to Gain the
£1bn of public funding is planned to be channelled through     Government will provide funding to help those without
Train to Gain by 2010/11. It is expected to play a major       these qualifications.
role in delivering the Government’s skills strategy and
ambitions and is planned to support more than 950,000
employees each year. In 08/09 the plan is to increase the      Funding available through Train
number of learner starts to 750,000.
                                                               to Gain
Train to Gain has two principal elements. These are
                                                               Whilst not all the skills needs identified through the Train
developed in partnership between the employer and the
                                                               to Gain service will be fundable, many employers will
LSC skills broker:
                                                               receive full funding to support government training
› Identifying skills needs – skills brokers help employers     priorities. The current training priorities are:
  identify their training needs, and then identify the
                                                               › First, full, level 2 qualifications
  training solutions needed to meet those needs.
                                                               › First full level 3 qualifications
› Identifying flexible and responsive training provision –
  skills brokers also then help employers identify the most    › Skills for Life qualifications
  appropriate training providers to deliver the training       The Train to Gain service has recently been flexed up,
  provision.                                                   which means that funding is now available for more Skills
Not all the skills needs identified will be fundable, and it    for Life qualifications, and for repeat Level 2 and 3
will be up to the employer to decide whether to act on the     qualifications that weren’t funded in 2007/08. The new
advice and information about other, non-funded, learning       changes support the expansion of the service, so that it
and development services. Some training will be eligible for   delivers the Government's commitment to route more
full funding.                                                  than £1bn of public funding through Train to Gain by
                                                               2010/11. The full range of funding available through Train
                                                               to Gain is summarised below.
A summary of funding now available through the Train to Gain service
Numeracy and literacy eligible at any level
Full literacy and numeracy qualifications at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1 and Level 2 are funded for learners irrespective of prior
attainment. However, the expectation is that the majority of enrolments will be at Entry Level 3 and above.
Fully funded
ESOL eligible at any level
Full ESOL qualifications at any level (including the ESOL for Work qualification) will be eligible for Train to Gain co-funding
(42.5%).
Co-funded
Level 1 NVQ
Colleges who were delivering FE funded NVQ Level 1 qualifications in the workplace during 2007/08 can negotiate with the LSC
to fund them as Train to Gain in 2008/09.
Fully funded
Level 2
All Level 2 qualifications for learners who don’t already hold a full Level 2 qualification are funded.
Fully funded
Level 2 Repeats
For colleges, a limited relaxation on ‘firstness’ is allowed. Up to 30% of Level 2 qualifications in any region can be ‘additional’
(for learners who already have the equivalent of a first full level 2.
For SMEs there are no limits on the volumes of repeat qualifications. The SME offer will be managed within existing provider
contracts or via Regional Response funding. If the LSC identifies gaps in the market in response to employer demand they may
procure provision to satisfy this. An SME is defined as an enterprise with less than 250 Full Time Equivalent employees (FTEs).
Qualifications must be full, and must be identified by SSCs and sector bodies though their SQSs and/or the emerging sector
compacts. The current list of eligible qualifications can be found on the LSC website. It is the responsibility of the SSCs and
sector bodies to inform the LSC of any changes to the list.
Fully funded
Level 3 ‘Jumpers’
Any 19-25 year-old learner, who does not already posses the equivalent of a first full Level 2 is funded for a full Level 3 qualification.
Fully funded
Level 3 for 19-25 year-olds
First full level 3 for 19-25 year olds possessing a first level 2 qualification are funded.
Fully funded
Level 3 for other learner
First Full Level 3 for learners possessing a first Level 2 qualification.
Co-funded
Level 3 Repeats
A limited relaxation on ‘firstness’ is allowed for FE colleges. Up to 20% of Level 3 qualifications in any region can be for
learners who already have the equivalent of a first full Level 3.
For SMEs there are no limits on the volumes of repeat qualifications. The SME offer will be managed within existing provider
contracts or via Regional Response funding. If the LSC identifies gaps in the market in response to employer demand they may
procure provision to satisfy this. An SME is defined as an enterprise with less than 250 Full Time Equivalent employees (FTEs).
Qualifications must be full, and must be identified by SSCs and sector bodies though their SQSs and/or the emerging sector
compacts. The current list of eligible qualifications can be found on the LSC website. It is the responsibility of the SSCs and
sector bodies to inform the LSC of any changes to the list.
Co-funded
Level 4/5 NVQ
Colleges delivering FE funded NVQ level 4/5 qualifications in the workplace during 2007/08 can negotiate with the LSC
to fund them as Train to Gain in 2008/09. These will be co-funded.
Co-funded
Level 4 ‘Jumpers’ aged 19-25 who don’t already possess a first Level 3 qualification or above will be fully funded.
Fully funded
Level 4 ‘Jumpers’ who don’t already possess a full Level 2 qualification will be fully funded.
Fully funded
Further information
› Contact your LSC for detailed advice on what qualifications can be funded.

› See the LSC funding guidance for more information on the LSC funding models, methodology and more:
  http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/funding-policy/strategic-overview/.

› See the LSC’s detailed guidance for more on Train to Gain funding: http://www.lsc.gov.uk/providers/ttg/.

› Sign up for the Edexcel Funding Watch which provides updates on changes in funding policy. Email your details to
  fundingwatch@edexcel.org.uk.

› See The hands-on guide to Post-16 funding, a book available to purchase from Edexcel which explains the new funding
  models and methodology. It is for everyone who needs to understand LSC demand-led funding; in particular those
  who plan and deliver provision in school sixth forms, training providers, and further education colleges. For more
  information see here: http://www.edexcel.com/Policies/Pages/GuidetoPost-16funding.aspx.

› Contact the Employer Partnerships team at Edexcel to discuss the range of services available, including skills audits,
  training needs analysis, and accreditation:

  Tel:    0844 576 0045

  Email: employersolutions@edexcel.com

  Web: www.edexcel.com/employers




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