Funding cuts put farming apprenticeships at risk

The TES is reporting that funding changes have led to colleges issuing warnings that changes could make some apprenticeships ‘financially unviable’.

Swathes of agricultural apprenticeships could be scrapped because funding changes threaten to make them financially unviable, land-based colleges have warned.

Landex, the umbrella body for land-based colleges, has told TES that, even with the transitional protection for 16-18 apprentices that was announced in October, funding for agriculture apprenticeships will drop by as much as a quarter in May (see box, below).

Overall, the funding for 16-18 learners following land-based apprenticeships will be reduced by an average of 20 per cent, according to Landex, with the figure even higher for those following agriculture and land-based engineering at level 3.

Chris Moody, Landex chief executive, said that if businesses retained the £1,000 allocated as an “employer incentive” for each apprenticeship, the funding that colleges received for delivery and assessment would drop by around 40 per cent on average.

Colleges have said that they face losing huge sums of money as a result of the changes, which will make some provision unsustainable.

The new funding methodology does not recognise the specialist and high-cost nature of land-based provision for 16-18 learners, according to Landex.

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