I am surprised to see this “in print” so soon – I am part of the Trailblazer group that submitted evidence for this funding review and we were made aware that this increase was a recommendation but advised to hold off sharing the information until confirmation had been received. As it is in FE Week, I am sharing their article.
If this funding increase is happening then it is great news for us all. The Level 3 Senior HCSW standard was funded at £3000; the same funding band as the Level 2 and many thousands lower than that for a hairdresser or butcher – none of that seemed to make sense, nor was it a true reflection of the level of training and support required to develop our Senior HCSW’s who may well want to progress via Apprenticeships into Nursing in time.
The level of work led by Kay Fawcett and Jane Hadfield (mentioned in the article) to make a case for an increase has been significant so let us hope that this article is accurate and celebrate the increased amount of teaching and learning an increase can fund.
I will find out what happens to current Apprentices whose funding was agreed under the lower band and post on this later. If you are negotiating new starts with a provider, do make sure to ask how much EXTRA teaching, learning and support can be provided given the increase in funding.
1, August 2018