ESFA to audit university apprenticeships from April 2021

Universities that deliver apprenticeships will be subject to Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funding audits for the first time from April next year.The first audits could come the same month that Ofsted will be handed new powers to inspect degree apprenticeships.

University representative organisations said their members have been preparing for ESFA audits and understand the importance of ensuring public funding is appropriately used. Under the current regulatory regime, the ESFA has arrangements with the Office for Students to carry out “assurance” reviews of universities on their register of higher education providers.

A reminder that NSAR has an in-depth understanding of the apprenticeships and skills landscape. We recently worked with the to help Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and intermediaries deliver apprenticeship support to smaller businesses across England.

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