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New approach to apprenticeship audit - 03/05/18 - Birmingham

Nick Linford

Thursday, 3 May 2018 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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Join Nick Linford and ILR funding auditor Karl Bentley from RSM for this technical and in depth practical workshop.

Apprenticeship starts since May 2017 face a particular set of new ESFA audit tests for levy and non-levy funded employers. Karl has already undertaken a series of these new financial assurance audits on behalf of the ESFA and in this technical workshop will guide delegates through the audit working papers and general process.

Sophia Oleszynski, MIS Manager at Wiltshire College attended this session in February and said: "This was an extremely useful event and a real eye opener to what auditors are looking out for with regards to the changes in apprenticeship funding."

Resham Gill, Higher Apprenticeships Manager at BCU said: "Nick and Karl are highly knowledgeable and experienced. They help to simplify what can be quite complex for newer providers. All questions were addressed and the workshop was packed with lots of useful advice. Really useful input to help us to prepare ourselves for an audit."

Click here for more delegate feedback from when this workshop was delivered in February 2018.

Register now at no risk (full refund for cancellations 7 days or more before the event).


10.00 Registration

10.30 Welcome and introductions

10.35 Background to the audit approach for post-May Apprenticeships

11.00 What the new audit approach covers part 1

11.50 Break for refreshments

12.10 What the new audit approach covers part 2

13.00 Break for lunch

13.50 Common errors identified

14:30 The role of DSATs in the new audit approach

15:00 Other areas the new audit approach considers – hub reports and subcontracting

15.30 Workshop end

Funding/MIS staff will benefit, such as from:
- Further education colleges delivering apprenticeships
- Independent learning providers delivering apprenticeships
- Local authorities and universities delivering apprenticeships
- Employer providers and staff from other organisations with an interest in apprenticeship funding audit

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £265+ VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation), and bookings can be cancelled online a week in advance at no cost.

FE Week gold members will receive £50 off the cost of this event (gold membership must be in the delegates name). Find out more about FE Week gold membership here.

This worshop is brought to you by Nick Linford, author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships and both the Hands-on guide to post-16 funding and the Hands-on guide to post-16 performance and data published by Pearson. Nick was Director of Planning and Performance at Lewisham College for six years whilst also playing a leading role in capacity building on the use of funding performance, data quality and curriculum planning in the learning and skills sector. Nick also wrote the AELP and LSIS funded Sub-contracting toolkit. Nick is owner and a director of Lsect and former editor of the Lsect published newspaper, FE Week.

To download more information about Nick click here.

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etc venues Maple House
150 Corporation Street
B4 6TB Birmingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, 3 May 2018 from 10:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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Nick Linford

Nick Linford is an expert in further education funding and performance systems and a company director of Lsect Ltd.

He runs a series of popular workshops, conferences and webinars about funding and data, which have been attended by more than 15,000 people in the last six years.

Nick is also author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships (, two books about funding and data published by Pearson and the founding editor for Lsect’s weekly newspapers: FE Week ( and Schools Week (

Prior to setting-up Lsect in 2010 Nick established an education think tank at the publishers Pearson, and before that was for seven years Director of Planning and Performance at the Lewisham College, during which time they achieved an Ofsted 'outstanding' grade.

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