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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 your publically funded
qualifications for Apprentice qualifications set out below

1) Qualification Total Guided Learning Hours you deliver per year, per
qualification listed below NVQ Diploma and Diploma

2 ) Number of years each qualification listed is delivered over

3) Number of weeks each apprentice spends in college per year i.e. 34, 35 ,

4) Number of block weeks each apprentice spends in college per year i.e . none ,2 ,3,4,5

5 )Number of Apprentices direct delivery by your organisation for each
subject given.

6) Number of apprentices sub contracted delivery by you on behalf of
other organisations for each subject given.

7) The total public funding you receive per apprentice 16 to 19 for the delivery of the whole apprenticeship framework at intermediate level.

8) The total public funding you receive per apprentice 19+ for the delivery of the whole apprenticeship framework at intermediate level.

8) Details of any other funding you receive for apprentices for instance in form of grants from your own sister organisations i.e. CITB levy Scheme, or employers.

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

If for any reason you are unable or unwilling to provide the
information please reply setting out your reasons. I may seek an internal review or 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.

Alternatively I may also inform the relevant public funding bodies
of your failure to comply with the request.

I would prefer the information in an email if this is convenient to
you.

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale

Mr Kim Mann, Construction Industry Training Board

Dear Jennny Lonsdale,

Confirmation that your request made under the Freedom of Information Act on 27 September 2014 is being processed. I hope to be able to respond in the immediate future but within the time constraints of the Act.

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 'Delivery Hours Apprenticeships'.

I was anticipating a response on or around the 20th October 2014 in line with the FOI act that is to say within 20 days. I have made this request and one other both of which are overdue your reponse.

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

Yours faithfully,

Jennny Lonsdale

Mr Kim Mann, Construction Industry Training Board

Dear Jenny Lonsdale,

Thank you for your correspondence of 27 September 2014, received by us on 29 September 2014, in which under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, you ask us to address a number of questions regarding publicly-funded qualifications for Apprentices.

Each question is addressed in turn:

1) Qualification Total Guided Learning Hours you deliver per year, per qualification listed below NVQ Diploma and Diploma

Response: The details you request are published online in the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO), which can be found here: http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/framework...

This website is the repository for information about Apprenticeship Frameworks that meet national standards for England and Wales and is maintained by the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS).

For your further information, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different framework development processes from that for England and Wales, the links to which can be found below:

Scotland: http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/framework...

Northern Ireland: http://www.afo.sscalliance.org/framework...

2 ) Number of years each qualification listed is delivered over

Response: Within the AFO (hyperlink above), guidance about time taken to complete frameworks is given in the form of Guided Learning Hours (GLH). However if a candidate completes all of the framework component parts within 12 months and a day, we are duty bound to certificate his or her achievement of the framework at that point.

This duty arises as a result of an announcement by John Hayes (Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning) on 19 December 2011. Details of this announcement can be found here.

There is one exception to this. SFA guidance states that
“The only exception to the one-year duration is where the apprentice is 19 years or older on the day they start their Apprenticeship and not all the elements of the Apprenticeship framework are being delivered, either in part or whole. This could be because of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or previously certificated achievement, and that part or all of the funding for a qualification is reduced. This only applies to accredited qualifications as specified in the SASE framework documents. Even when a reduction in funding is made, the minimum length of the Apprenticeship is six months. The majority of the new qualifications do not attract RPL and are stand-alone”.

3) Number of weeks each apprentice spends in college per year i.e 34, 35 ,

Response : The Frameworks Library (AFO) specifies the number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) associated with each Framework, but does not determine how these should be delivered (see page 97 onwards).

4) Number of block weeks each apprentice spends in college per year i.e . none ,2 ,3,4,5

Response : See the response to question 3 above.

5 ) Number of Apprentices direct delivery by your organisation for each subject given.

Response : It is not possible to answer this question directly because the qualifications listed below are not Apprenticeship Frameworks in their own right, but are component parts of a number of Frameworks.

However, I can confirm that CITB’s own delivery arm (the National Construction College) does not offer any of the qualifications listed itself.

Currently, across the three home nations in which it operates (CITB does not operate in Northern Ireland) CITB’s Managing Agency supports approximately 13,000 apprenticeships annually. See also the response to Question 6 below.

6) Number of apprentices sub contracted delivery by you on behalf of other organisations for each subject given.

Response : It is not possible to answer this question directly because the qualifications listed below are not Apprenticeship Frameworks in their own right, but are component parts of a number of Frameworks.

However, as indicated above, the NCC does not offer any of the listed qualifications, so all apprentices working towards them will be doing so through a partner provider.

Indeed, the vast majority of CITB apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with FE colleges through our contract.

For instance, this year in England, CITB will recruit approximately 4,500 L2 apprentices, of which some 600 will be placed with NCC (our own college which offers specialist training opportunities not generally available from other providers) and the balance with other colleges and training providers.

7) The total public funding you receive per apprentice 16 to 19 for the delivery of the whole apprenticeship framework at intermediate level.

Response : CITB receives public funding as a total contract value. The breakdown of how this is claimed per apprentice by every provider (not just CITB) can be found in the attached link : https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy...

8) The total public funding you receive per apprentice 19+ for the delivery of the whole apprenticeship framework at intermediate level.

Response : See answer to question 7 above.

8) Details of any other funding you receive for apprentices for instance in form of grants from your own sister organisations i.e. CITB levy Scheme, or employers.

Response : CITB’s Managing Agency does not receive any other funding in support of our apprenticeship delivery.

CITB pays every in-scope employer offering an apprenticeship a grant of up to £6,000 for a L2 apprentice and up to £10,250 for a L3 apprentice. Providing the apprenticeship is in a recognised construction trade, the employer is entitled to these grants regardless of who manages the apprentice and receipt is not restricted to those delivered through CITB’s Managing Agency.

Level 2 NVQ Plumbing and Heating http://www.summitskills.org.uk/aboutus/18
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 http://www.summitskills.org.uk/aboutus/18

Level 2 Diploma Plumbing and Heating http://www.summitskills.org.uk/aboutus/18
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 http://www.summitskills.org.uk/aboutus/18

Should you have difficulties opening the website links, please let me know in order that alternative arrangements can be made.

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

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