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Our subcontracting partners 2020/21

In accordance with our ESFA funding contracts, below is a summary of our subcontracts for the academic year 2020/21 with a high level rationale for each.

Each of these rationales is approved in greater detail each year by the Corporation’s audit committee to ensure that each contract is low risk from a quality and financial perspective, has sufficient monitoring in place to guarantee the quality going forward and is of strategic value to the organisation.

Our subcontracting policy and general strategic aims is available from our governance page.

Apprenticeship funding

Multiple partners we are working with to support a single large-scale national employer (1):

We are working with an organisation that has a national footprint and is made up of multiple business units with complex requirements. Activate Apprenticeships deliver apprenticeship training for their head office in Oxford, namely HR apprenticeships and cohorts of Leadership and Management nationally. However, in order to service and maintain the national contract it is necessary to subcontract some delivery. This provides value to the employer in ensuring they only have to work with one central contract owner whilst we are able to support them to deliver apprenticeships to their geographically spread and diverse workforce through strategic relations with geographical spread and specialist providers. These providers are:

Partner: Solihull College and University Centre
Value of contract in academic year: 10,996.88
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: South Staffordshire College
Value of contract in academic year: 10,012.19
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: System Group Limited
Value of contract in academic year: 5,270.23
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure
Value of contract in academic year: 23,817.50
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: Total People Limited
Value of contract in academic year: 405
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: Walsall College
Value of contract in academic year: 1,635.86
Specific funding stream: 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Multiple partners we are working with to support a single large-scale national employer (2):

In order to secure a contract for a large-scale national employer we were asked to manage the overall contract for their apprentices. In doing so the employer identified providers they wish to work with, and Activate Learning manage these contracts on their behalf. In doing this, we ensure consistent high-quality delivery across the programmes and provide one central point of contact for the employer.

Partner: Abingdon & Witney College
Value of contract in academic year: 73,050
Specific funding stream: 16-18 & 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Partner: Chelmsford College
Value of contract in academic year: 60,200
Specific funding stream: 16-18 & 19+ Apprentices - Levy

Individual partners:

Partner: Havering College of Further and Higher Education Value of contract in academic year: 3,345
Specific funding stream: 16-18 Apprentices - Levy
High level rationale summary:
Activate Learning work with Merlin Entertainments to provide a specialist partner to contract with nationally to meet their engineering ride technician requirements. This approach allows us to develop students’ skills in the sector and allows Havering to focus on the off the job training. AL are delivering this to also provide access to the Apprenticeship Standard for BALPAA, which is an industry organisation who support small amusement parks, opening up more avenues for AL to widen participation in the sector.

Partner: Multi Trades Training Ltd
Value of contract in academic year: 39,200
Specific funding stream: 16-18 & 19+ Apprentices – Non-Levy High level rationale summary:

Partner: EMBS Community College
Value of contract in academic year: 62,686
Specific funding stream: ESF: Access to employment for jobseekers (Skills support for the Unemployed)
High level rationale summary:
This is a contract that encourages us to have partners to maximise outreach potential.

Partner: The Buck Project
Value of contract in academic year: 48,865
Specific funding stream: ESF: Access to employment for jobseekers (Skills support for the Unemployed)
High level rationale summary:
Activate learning are subcontracting delivery of the NVQ element only of two cohorts of students in order to resolve a long standing issue with a lack of progress and access their staff expertise and experience. The faculty has been unsuccessful in recruiting a suitably qualified and experienced assessors to complete the outstanding assessment nor has it been able to identify an alternative arrangement with freelance assessors. EMBS are a community college based in Oxfordshire, providing education and training to participants at all levels of education and with all levels of English. This is a contract that encourages us to have partners to maximise outreach potential. Students benefit from 1:1 mentoring from The Buck Project. Coaches are able to identify barriers to students learning and organise interventions to help overcome them. Reputationally they are well known in Oxfordshire working specifically with the long–term unemployed, to provide training and upskill ready for future employment.

Partner: SOFEA
Value of contract in academic year: 213,755
Specific funding stream: 16 to 19 programmes
High level rationale summary:
The relationship enables and supports hard to reach young people and engages them back into education in a unique way. External organisations recognise SOFEA’s and Activate Learnings influence and presence in the county and beyond through the FairShare brand. There are increased opportunities to grow and expand the provision together on the Didcot site.

Partner: Virtual Alliance Limited (VLUK)
Value of contract in academic year: 1,638,250
Specific funding stream: 16 to 19 programmes
High level rationale summary:
This relationship enables us to enhance the specific opportunities through football to students to progress career opportunities. This allows us to support the delivery of niche provision whilst sharing good practice and development opportunities for
both organisations.

Partner: Reading Football Club Community Trust
Value of contract in academic year: 50,706
Specific funding stream: 16 to 19 programmes
High level rationale summary:
RFCCT and the football club brand support us to forge relationships with additional young learners that may not usually look towards traditional college education (e.g. NEET). Our students will study one of three qualifications all taught and delivered at the RFCCT grounds at the Madejski stadium. Activate Learning will deliver two of these and RFCCT will deliver one.

Partner: Ignite Sport UK Ltd
Value of contract in academic year: 164,000
Specific funding stream: Adult Education Budget
High level rationale summary:
Ignite Sport have forged relationships with user groups that are not currently engaging with Activate Learning. This is principally the PE and sports teachers within school sports partnerships. By working with Ignite on this cohort we can engage with a wider user base for potential further learning opportunities in response to stakeholder demands and increase our geographical base to parts of the county that do not currently work with Activate Learning.

Partner: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Value of contract in academic year: 32,798
Specific funding stream: Adult Education Budget
High level rationale summary:
Oxford Health are an important partner for Activate Learning and we work together on work experience and T-Level development. This provides us with an opportunity to work even more closely with the education team at a key local employer and support them in their delivery of functional skills so that their nurses can progress to further studies and employment opportunities.