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Funding 2016/17

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are implementing new changes to the application of funding for 2016/17.  These changes are implemented from SFA priorities and funding for the year 2016 to 2017 financial year letter from Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to the SFA. 

For a full list of qualifications with their approval status for funding year 2016/17, see the available 2016/17 spreadsheet (224KB, XLS).

The SFA are working towards full devolution of skills funding, putting greater power in the hands of local authorities to meet skills gaps for their area.  It is also putting greater power in the hands of the learner to decide how they would like to fund their study.

Throughout the 2016/17 funding year Local Authorities (LA) and/or Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will decide which qualifications to fund for their area – this is defined as Local Flexibility.  The SFA are handing decision making power over to LAs/LEPs to decide what qualifications to fund based on the skills required and employer demand.  

We encourage you to open dialogue with your local contact here at CITB, and we have provided a list of local contacts. The Local contact will support you and provide market intelligence of skill requirements in your area and if required can offer guidance and support with approaching LAs/LEPs to help secure funding for the qualifications you wish to offer. For further information on how we can help bring growth to your area, please see Local Enterprise Partnerships.

A quick break down:

  • Legal Entitlement – for learners aged 16 – 23 who are studying their first qualification at level 2 and/or level 3. Must meet SFA rules on Legal Entitlement.  These will also include the qualifications that are included in the Performance Tables.
  • Local Flexibility – for qualifications that do not qualify for Legal Entitlement.  Funding allocation will be decided by LAs/LEPs. Must meet LAs/LEPs and SFA rules on Local Flexibility
  • Advanced Learner Loans – Available for all learners 24+ now and available for learners aged 19+ from 1 August 2016 for level 3 to level 6 qualifications
  • Apprenticeships – Unaffected by this change
  • Education Funding Agency (EFA) - Unaffected by this change.