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Delivering apprenticeships: subcontracting information

De Montfort University delivers Higher and Degree Level apprenticeships to business in the following sectors:  

  • Business and Administration 
  • Digital  
  • Education and childcare 
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health and Science 
  • Protective Services  

In normal circumstances, the University will plan and validate programmes with the intention of delivering all parts of the programme itself, without the use of subcontractors.   The University will only agree to subcontract delivery of any part of an apprenticeship in the following circumstances:  

  • Where it is a contractual requirement with the employer that part of the delivery of the apprenticeship is subcontracted to them. 
  • Where the University does not have the in-house expertise to deliver an essential part of the apprenticeship.  

In all these cases, the decision to subcontract will be discussed with the employer before entering into a subcontract arrangement and will be recorded in the legal contract for services with the employer.  

Where any element of the programme is subcontracted to the employer or another provider, they must be either a Main or Employer Provider on ESFA’s register of Apprentice Training Providers or a registered Employer Provider. 

The University will make a maximum of 15% charge for the management of subcontractors which covers the cost of monitoring visits, report writing and due diligence checks. The activity undertaken to monitor a subcontractor is set out in the Policy.  

Payment to Employer Providers will be made to cover direct costs only as required in the ESFA funding rules. Employers subcontracted to deliver part of an apprenticeship must evidence the direct costs of their delivery in order to claim payment. These payments will still be subject to a 15% charge for the management and quality assurance of the subcontracted delivery. 

For more information, contact us by completing our online enquiry form.