Paul Blackshaw

ILR, QAR and funding rules specialist with 13+ years experience. Providing ITPs and colleges with consultancy services to primarily support their Apprenticeship operations and management.

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Thanks Steve. Your reference to the rule that allows...

Thanks Steve. Your reference to the rule that allows the money earned to date to be retained is an excellent point. Cheers.

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New GCSE grade equivalencies for level 1 functional ...

Interested to know how providers are planning to retrospectively apply the 2024/25 funding rule 38.1 that states GCSE grades D to G or 3 to 1 will be equivalent to level 1 functional skills and wil...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Here is my latest reply from the Help Desk / Special...

Here is my latest reply from the Help Desk / Specialist Support Team regarding the rounded weeks calculation of 20% OTJT hours.  The Specialist Support team have been in touch today to let us know...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Finally received a reply from the Specialist Support...

Finally received a reply from the Specialist Support Team justifying the rounding of weeks used in the published OTJ calculator. "The Specialist Support team have been in touch today to let us know...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Earlier this week I asked the Helpdesk to confirm wh...

Earlier this week I asked the Helpdesk to confirm whether an apprenticeship can be recorded as complete if the apprentice has sat and failed part of their EPA and therefore does not attempt any rem...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

I've still not received a reply from the helpdesk, o...

I've still not received a reply from the helpdesk, other than the regular automated updates saying "we are working on your issue". The point I originally made back in December 2023, along with the ...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Knowingly reporting and flagging compliance queries ...

Knowingly reporting and flagging compliance queries which are actually compliant is outrageous and unacceptable. The issue causing the FRM37 queries needs to be fixed. This is not an unreasonable r...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

The current version of the published calculator roun...

The current version of the published calculator rounds down as well as up, which means it calculates less than 20% for durations rounded down, as shown in this example.  

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

Thanks for sharing your response from the helpdesk. ...

Thanks for sharing your response from the helpdesk. On reflection, I am pleased that funding rule 73 is recognised as being the defining criteria of the 20% requirement, and not the published calcu...

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Paul Blackshaw commented,

I first put the question to the helpdesk in December...

I first put the question to the helpdesk in December 2023 regarding the rounded calculation of 20% (first published by ESFA in October 2023) and it's retrospective application. Since then, I've rec...