Matthew Smith

Employer Co-Investment for 20/21 Year Olds

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Hi. We've had multiple learners that are 20/21 that have started after the 1st of April but we're on the Monthly Payment Reports they are showing as needing co-investment from the Employer. I was under the impression that the 5% was no longer needed for those learners after the 1st of April

Previously nothing was needing to be changed on the ILR for a Young Learner, am I missing something?

Matt,

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Steve Hewitt

Which monthly payment report? I know there was a bit of a lag between the press release announcing the massive change in policy mid-year and our good friends at ESFA being able to change their reporting systems, but I thought the plan was for it to be fixed in the R10 data? Haven't seen an official announcement either way admittedly, so maybe it won't be sorted til next month...

(also, categorically thought you were referring to learners from 3 years ago, not their age, when you said "20/21" and was very confused for a moment...)

Matthew Smith

Hi Steve, this is showing on both the Monthly Apprenticeship Payment Report and on both Co-Investment Reports. I've also made a ticket to the ESFA but wanted to see if this was a common issue, or if this is just for us.

Steve Hewitt

Hi Matthew, the R10 ones? Presume they've just come out?

Matthew Smith

Yeah, the new R10 Ones, Looks like they were released on Tuesday Morning

Jessica De Melo

Same for us Matthew - 5% from employer listed for a non-levy 21 yr old apprentice who started with us in May.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/esfa-update-27-march-2024/esfa-update-further-education-27-march-2024

The above states that the 5% will be represented until June, at which point payments for April and May will be backdated. Could that mean represented until R11, where payments are made for R09 & R10 are reconciled? In which case it should sort itself out next month instead?

Matthew Smith

Thanks for that comment Jessica. I must have missed that when looking through the updated Guidance. Hopefully that means it is sorted with the R11 Claim!

Jessica De Melo

We raised the queries with ESFA to be sure by providing them with the learner's ULN. This was the response:

We haven't got a final release date yet for this to go live. Providers will still receive 95% of funding at the moment but this should be resolved after the release goes live.