What employers can expect when a training provider has their funding terminated

Further education and training providers


Last updated

From: Education and Skills Funding Agency

An apprenticeship training provider may no longer be able to deliver apprenticeship training if their funding agreements with DfE and/or ESFA are terminated.


Employers will be notified

DfE will issue an initial communication notifying employers who have employees actively learning on an apprenticeship of the termination.

Once DfE has collected further up-to-date information from the training provider, they will send a second communication to employers which will include a link to a survey.


What employers should do next

To ensure the apprentice can continue their training, the employer will need to fill out the survey to inform DfE of how they wish to proceed.

There are three options available to employers:   


    1. Completion with the current provider

If the provider is serving a period of notice, it may be possible that during this time the apprentice will be able to complete their mandatory training up to ‘Gateway’.

In this instance, employers may agree with the provider that existing delivery arrangements can continue.

If the apprentice has passed Gateway before the provider’s termination date is reached, the provider may be able to continue to support the apprentice through the end-point assessment, even after the termination date of their funding agreement has passed.  


     2. Employer-led transfer

Employers can transfer their employee’s apprenticeship training to another training provider that they already work with.

Alternatively, the employer can choose to independently source a new eligible training provider using the Find Apprenticeship Training service.


    3. Support from the DfE

Though DfE encourage employers to seek their own alternative apprenticeship through an employer-led transfer, we can provide support where required.

Further information on the options available to employers can be found in our employer funding agreement guidance.


Submitting a query

For us to respond to a query, the employer must ensure their full support requirements are listed in the survey.

If an employer wishes to submit a specific query once they have responded to the survey, they can contact us through the Customer Help Portal.

  • To allow queries to be directed to the appropriate team, employers must select ‘Other’ as the customer type, and ‘some other 19+ query’ as the query type
  • The name of the terminated training provided must be included in the enquiry details section.
  • An ESFA identifier, if applicable, can be submitted through the organisation details section. This identifier will be included on the communications sent to the employer by DfE. 


Further support

More information can be found in the termination of ESFA funding guidance collection, which includes guidance for providers, learners and employers.

The employer guidance covers topics such as funding implications, employer co-investment payments and end-point assessments.

For support with apprenticeships and using the apprenticeship service, you can contact Apprenticeship Support. 



Other ways to get help

Talk to our community

Discuss topics on further education and skills with other providers.

Contact us

Use our web form to submit an enquiry.

Is this page useful?

You have 500 characters remaining

Other helpful resources