North London Garages GTA Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy
North London Garages does not administer any charges or supply chain fees to its current delivery partners. However this policy covers the option to implement charges or supply chain fees should it become necessary.
North London Garages has a supply-chain fee and will charge sub-contractors depending on the type of contract. These are agreed with the sub-contractor in the negotiation stage of the contract and are subject to due-diligence and a risk assessment. They are also dependent on agreed success rates and volume measures.
Subcontracting Supply Chain Policy 2017-18
This Subcontracting Supply Chain Policy is a mandatory requirement that must be in place prior to participating in any subcontracting activity from 1 August 2017. The content of this policy has been developed in line with the ESFA Funding Rules.
This policy relates to activity funded through the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) whereby North London Garages enters into a subcontracting agreement with a supplier for recruitment and delivery.
This policy provides transparency for all sub-contractors, funding bodies and other associated parties or individuals regarding the procurement, due diligence process, support and charging rationale related to sub-contracted provision under North London Garages direct contract with the ESFA.
2. Rationale for Subcontracting
North London Garages:
– Recognises the benefits that effective subcontracting can bring to extending the accessibility of provision for learners and thereby contribute to the economic prosperity of our neighbouring local communities.
– Uses subcontractors to widen participation amongst learner groups that it would otherwise be “hard to reach” and other individuals that face barriers to participation in learning and work.
– Uses subcontractors as appropriate to fill gaps in, and to extend the breadth of its provision: for example, through widening the range of Apprenticeship Frameworks/Standards offered to employers and learners and broadening the range of sector subject areas or business sectors that can be covered.
3. Exemptions to the Policy
From May 2017, the Apprentice Funding and Performance Management rules, passed the responsibility to choose Apprentice Assessment Organisations (AAO’s) to Employers and for them to negotiate the fees. Whilst North London Garages will be responsible for payment of the fees, subcontracting to AAO’s will be exempt from the policy.
4. Quality Improvement
North London Garages:
– Actively works with subcontractors to improve the quality of the teaching and learning they deliver and thereby improve the overall quality of teaching and learning for all learners.
– Undertakes observations on all aspects of teaching and learning including information, advice and guidance, progress reviews and assessment.
– Provides timely and meaningful feedback to both subcontractor and delivery staff and observations are incorporated into the provisions moderation and standardisation process, in order that improvement actions impact both internal and subcontractor quality.
– Carries out learner voice surveys to gather feedback from learners.
– Supports subcontractors to implement effective policies and procedures relating to teaching and learning including assessment and verification policies and procedures.
– Ensures that subcontractors have appropriate policies and procedures in place to fulfil safeguarding obligations and duties under PREVENT
– Supports subcontractors to develop an effective Self-Assessment Report (SAR) and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
5. Management Fee
– North London Garages will retain a Management Fee of 15-20% of total funding (grant and fees or levy) in 2017/18.
– The Management Fee is calculated based on the level of resource required: to manage effectively the individual subcontractor relationship; to ensure funding returns and requirements are met and to ensure that the high quality of delivery to learners is maintained and that any risk to the provision and ESFA is mitigated.
6. Support Provided to Subcontractors
North London Garages has:
– A Director of Business Development and a Programme Manager to manage the relationship with the subcontractor and take overall responsibility for subcontracting to ensure that the quality of subcontractor’s delivery meets its expectations and to support the continuous improvement of the subcontractor’s provision.
– The Operations Manager ensures the timely and accurate recording of learner information on the provisions ILR.
– A commitment to undertake a regular and substantial programme of quality assurance checks on the education and training provided by sub-contractors, including visits at short or no notice and face-to-face interviews with staff and learners. These checks include whether the learners exist and are eligible and involve direct observation of initial guidance, assessment and delivery of learning programmes.
– A commitment to ensure that all of the subcontractor’s delivery meets the ESFA Funding Rules.
7. Payment Terms
Payment will be based on agreed profiles from August to July. Will be a reconciliation month, with payments on actual delivery evidenced through the provisions ILR after that point.
The Fees and Charges Policy will be routinely communicated to and discussed with current subcontractors as part of the contract review process.
The Fees and Charges Policy will be communicated to potential subcontractors as part of the procurement process.
9. Policy Review
The fees and charges policy will be reviewed annually, however may be reviewed more frequently in response to changes in government policy or funding.
10. Due Diligence & Tendering
North London Garages completes due diligence approval of a contractor each year, extendable on a year by year basis and subject to:
– Acceptable delivery of previous year’s contract
– Confirmation of updated information
– Supply of annual accounts
Stage 1 – Annual Credit Check
Contractors who wish to become a subcontractor must complete or provide the documentation listed below:
– Due diligence application form
– Two current references
– Copy of latest Annual accounts
– Success rates for all types of programmes delivered.
Stage 2 – Full site visit
If the subcontractor is successful in their due diligence, the following stage will be attendance at a pre-contract meeting. Approval of a contractor does not guarantee an offer of funding. Contracts are offered subject to:
– Submission of specific documents, upon request
– Attendance at contract meetings upon request