Subcontracting Policy

Community Learning and Skills Subcontracting Supply-chain Fees and Charges Policy

Community Learning and Skills under the three brands Kent Adult Education, Skills Plus and Kent Training and Apprenticeships, is committed to broadening the scope of provision to meet market demand, enhance and enrich the experiences of our learners. In order to enable this vision, Community Learning and Skills has taken the strategic decision to subcontract part of its provision to high quality partner providers.

Community Learning and Skills retains full accountability for contract delivery where provision and service subcontracting takes place. Before contracts are awarded, Community Learning and Skills will undertake due diligence procedures that will include:

  • Financial assurance
  • Ensuring strategic fit to social & commercial purpose
  • Capability and capacity for delivery
  • Quality assurance
  • Compliance with legislation
  • Appropriate policies

All subcontractors are invited to engage with Community Learning and Skills’ Observation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and other quality assurance processes including standardisation, Internal/External Verification/Moderation, self-assessment and quality improvement plans.

The quality of the provision will be monitored and managed through our existing quality improvement processes and included within Community Learning and Skills’ self-assessment report and quality improvement plan. A management fee of between 12% and 20% is retained by Community Learning and Skills from all subcontracted provision. This fee is calculated against the assessment of risk, calculated from the due diligence process, and level of management intervention associated with the subcontractor.

The management fee retained includes the costs of managing and administering the subcontracting arrangements, the administration of paper and electronic learner records (required for funding returns), the management of lead contracts and the additional value offered to partners of access to quality improvement processes, management information expertise and advice, regular national updates regarding funding and policy guidance, administration of the AGE Grant process (if applicable) and access to local, regional and national networks.

Payments are made on a monthly basis in arrears following validation of activity through data agency funding returns.

The policy is reviewed annually and in line with the publication of Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency funding rules.

Subcontracting data 2014/15

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Subcontracting data 2015/16

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Subcontracting Opportunities

CLS require experienced, high quality providers to deliver ESFA funded courses to learners age 19+ from local centres across Kent.

The focus of these sub-contracting opportunities will be to support the development of work skills, through either non-accredited soft employability skills and/or accredited vocational skills courses, which directly support identified skills-gaps in Kent.

Potential partners would benefit from having good working relationships with local Job Centres, and courses offered will be designed to support JCP referrals and other learners, taking account of benefit implications.

CLS would welcome expressions of interest from providers who are able to demonstrate a record of success rates above national averages and high rates of positive progressions.

To express an interest in this opportunity please contact Matthew Wells Head of Finance and Funding matthew.wells@kent.gov.uk. Closing date is Friday 30/06/17.

Kent Training & Apprenticeships is part of Community Learning and Skills

Kent County Council Skills Plus Kent Adult Education ESF
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