Apprenticship Delivery Hours

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Dear Construction Industry Training Board,

Freedom of information request. Under the freedom of information act 2000

I should be grateful if you could please provide the information required set out below regarding to your publically funded qualifications either directly funded or sub contracted provision for Apprentice qualifications set out below.

1 ) What is the expected Total Guided Learning Hours you expect delivered for each of the individual qualifications listed below by the following North East organisations Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College.

2) If you say you do not set GLH do you accept that your own Apprenticeship framework sets specific hours and these are what you expect to be delivered.

3) If the construction Apprenticeship framework set the expected GLH what is the lowest number of hours you would expect delivered in terms of a percentage 100% 75% 50% 25% less. and would you accept a delivery model that delivers in less than your above stated %
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4) Number of Apprentices delivered by each of the following North east organisations for each qualification listed below . Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool college, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College.

5) Number of years each qualification, listed below, is delivered over by the following North east organisations: Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College
Qualification list

Level 2 NVQ Plumbing and Heating
Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations (brickwork)
Level 2 NVQ Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating)
Level 2 NVQ Bench Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 NVQ Site Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 NVQ Plastering
Level 2 NVQ Electrical installations

Level 2 Diploma Plumbing and Heating
Level 2 Diploma Trowel Occupations (brickwork)
Level 2 Diploma Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating)
Level 2 Diploma Bench Carpentry Joinery
Level 2 Diploma Site Carpentry Joinery
Level 2 Diploma Plastering
Level 2 Diploma Electrical installations

6) Does ConstructionSkills have a national contract i.e. same for every organisation in the UK or is each organisation contracted with on different terms.

7) Is it possible to have access to each organisations contract for public funded provision only.

8) Does CITB ConstructionSkills take a percentage of funding from public funding available before paying each organisation.

9) if yes, is that percentage within the SFA EFA guidelines of 10 to 15 % if not what percentage is taken.

10) Does CITB ConstructionSkills take any other deductions from sub contractors from the publically available funding.

If for any reason you are unable or unwilling to provide the information please reply setting out your reasons. I may lodge an appeal and then I may seek the assistance of the information commissioner’s office if information is withheld unreasonably or not provided within 20 days from the date of this email. .

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale
4 Oakdale
Spencerbeck
Middlesbrough

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Dear Construction Industry Training Board,

I wonder if you can acknowledge receipt of my request freedom of information request.

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale

Mr Kim Mann, Construction Industry Training Board

Dear Jennny Lonsdale,

Confirmation that we are in receipt of your Freedom of Information request of 21 September 2014. Regrettably, due to an unknown technical issue, we did not receive this correspondence until 29 September 2014.

Your request is being processed and I hope to respond in the immediate future.

Yours sincerely

Kim

Mr Kim Mann
Information Governance Manager
CITB
Bircham Newton,
King’s Lynn,
Norfolk,
PE31 6RH

T: +44 300 456 7734

Dear Construction Industry Training Board,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Construction Industry Training Board's handling of my FOI request 'Apprenticship Delivery Hours'.

I have made my request in line with relevant provision of the FOI and you have not responded witihn the relevant timeframe. Please can you deal with this request without further delay.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale

Mr Kim Mann, Construction Industry Training Board

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Dear Jenny Lonsdale,

Thank you for your correspondence of 21 September 2014, which due to a technical issue, was not received by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) until 29 September 2014.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you asked a number of questions relating to the publically funded qualifications either directly funded or sub contracted provision for Apprentice qualifications, each question has been addressed in turn:

Question 1) What is the expected Total Guided Learning Hours you expect delivered for each of the individual qualifications listed below by the following North East organisations Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College.

Response: Details of the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) associated with Apprenticeship Frameworks are published online in the Frameworks Library here. This website is the repository for Apprenticeship Frameworks that meet national standards for England and Wales and is maintained by the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS).

Question 2) If you say you do not set GLH do you accept that your own Apprenticeship framework sets specific hours and these are what you expect to be delivered.

Response: The published Apprenticeship Frameworks identify the GLH associated with the achievement of each Framework, which are approved by the National Apprenticeship Service.

As the Sector Skills Council for Construction, we set the GLH for construction NVQs, (excluding in this case those marked * which are covered by Summit Skills). Information about GLH for the achievement of Apprenticeship Frameworks is shared with all Awarding Organizations (AO).

The approach to delivering associated knowledge qualifications is set by each AO; there may be differences in the GLH for these. Please also refer to the response to question 1.

Question 3) If the construction Apprenticeship framework set the expected GLH what is the lowest number of hours you would expect delivered in terms of a percentage 100% 75% 50% 25% less. and would you accept a delivery model that delivers in less than your above stated %

Response: The Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) requires that at least 280 GLH must be completed for an intermediate Framework to be awarded of which at least 100 (or 30%, whichever is the higher) must be delivered off the job.

This guidance from SASE complies with and is a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act 2009.

The SASE is maintained by the Skills Funding Agency (and can be found here : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...).

See Page 11, sections 13, 14 and 15 for information about the minimum requirements for achieving Frameworks.

Knowledge qualifications offered by different AOs may have different GLH. This is acceptable as long as the framework overall meets the SASE requirements. This may be one reason some occupational qualifications with the same title have different GLH sizes.

Question 4) Number of Apprentices delivered by each of the following North east organisations for each qualification listed below : Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool college, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College.

Response: All colleges deliver frameworks under their own direct contracts with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and this information would need to be sought from the individual colleges.

Question 5) Number of years each qualification, listed below, is delivered over by the following North east organisations: Middlesbrough College, Hartlepool College, Redcar and Cleveland College, Darlington College, Bishop Auckland College, New College Durham, Newcastle College.

Response : A L2 Apprenticeship Framework is usually delivered over two years (this period may be shorter if prior learning can be recognised) and never less than over 12 months.

Qualification list
Level 2 NVQ Plumbing and Heating*
Level 2 NVQ Electrical installations*
Level 2 NVQ Trowel Occupations (brickwork)
Level 2 NVQ Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating)
Level 2 NVQ Bench Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 NVQ Site Carpentry and Joinery
Level 2 NVQ Plastering

Level 2 Diploma Trowel Occupations (brickwork)
Level 2 Diploma Decorative Occupations (Painting and Decorating)
Level 2 Diploma Bench Carpentry Joinery
Level 2 Diploma Site Carpentry Joinery
Level 2 Diploma Plastering
Level 2 Diploma Electrical installations*

Question 6) Does ConstructionSkills have a national contract i.e. same for every organisation in the UK or is each organisation contracted with on different terms.

Response : The contracts issued by CITB to its provider base are generic.

Question 7) Is it possible to have access to each organisations contract for public funded provision only.

Response : A copy of the generic contract is attached. There are some minor amendments normally made under separate correspondence relating to European Social Fund matters, which are not included. Should you require this additional detail please let me know.

Question 8) Does CITB ConstructionSkills take a percentage of funding from public funding available before paying each organisation.

Response : Yes. The rates CITB pay to providers are agreed in annual discussions with the Association of Colleges (AoC) and then applied consistently across the provider network.

Question 9) if yes, is that percentage within the SFA EFA guidelines of 10 to 15 % if not what percentage is taken.

Response: CITB’s retained percentage is at the lower end of the SFA guidelines.

Question 10) Does CITB ConstructionSkills take any other deductions from sub contractors from the publically available funding.

Response : No. Please refer to the response given to question 9.

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If you are unhappy with this response, or you wish to complain about any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact me in the first instance. If informal resolution is not possible and you are still dissatisfied, then you may apply for an independent internal review by contacting Sarah Beale, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Performance Director, CITB, Bircham Newton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6RH or email [email address].

If you remain unhappy following an internal review, you may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Further details of the role and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the Commissioners website, http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

Yours sincerely

Kim
Mr Kim Mann
Information Governance Manager

CITB
Bircham Newton,
King’s Lynn,
Norfolk,
PE31 6RH

T: +44 300 456 7734
E: [email address]
W: www.citb.co.uk

Mr Kim Mann, Construction Industry Training Board

Dear Jennny Lonsdale,

In addition to the answer given to question 4, we would like to add that CITB does not contracted with all of the providers mentioned and all of those providers will normally offer places above and beyond those contracted with CITB.

Consequently, we cannot answer this question in full. The Skills Funding Agency should however, be able to provide the full picture.

In a corrected statement to the answer given at question 10, yes, CITB may from time to time negotiate with individual sub-contractors to deliver specific elements of the Framework itself and will agree a deduction for this.

Yours sincerely

Kim
Mr Kim Mann
Information Governance Manager


CITB
Bircham Newton,
King’s Lynn,
Norfolk,
PE31 6RH

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