Trinity Solutions Academy (TSA) engage with employers and training partners in order to provide innovative simulated working environments in collaboration with leading employers and college partners. (Annexe 2 full list of sub contracted partners).
By engaging with partners, we are able to enhance the provision available for our students and provide expert provision and excellent access to ‘real life’ simulated training facilities.
This document sets out the framework for the operation of sub-contracted provision and provides the required information as set out in the Education Skills Funding Agency’s Funding Rules.
Trinity Solutions Academy enter into contracts for the provision of learning via a Service Level Agreement where one or more of the following principles apply:
We primarily support subcontract provision within the North East region.
We invest resource in supporting our Partners to improve the quality of teaching and learning, to ensure that the expectations set for the quality of provision are met at all times. In addition, resources are dedicated to ensure that we and our Partners meet the compliance requirements of ESFA Funding Rules.
We undertake a termly performance review with each Partner to measure performance against contractual KPIs and agree support requirements which can include the following;
Before a subcontractor relationship is agreed, Trinity Solutions Academy agree a detailed list of costs for managing the Provision outlining specific costs for quality monitoring activities and other support activities listed above.
These costs are authorised by the Chief Finance Officer to ensure they are reasonable and proportionate to the teaching and learning delivered by the Partner and how each cost contributes to delivering high quality learning.
Selection, Due Diligence and Appointment Process for New Business Partners
TSA operates a model of quarterly payments in arrears to Partners according to the value of provision recorded on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) and the submission of a valid claim by Partners.
Partners issue an invoice each quarter following an issue of a purchase order and invoices will be paid within 30 days of receipt of a valid claim for payment. (Management fee structure, Annexe 1).
As required by the Education Skills Funding Agency, details of Business Partner activity will be published on TSA website each year following closedown of the ILR including actual level of funding paid and retained for each Partner.
Subcontracting arrangements are outlined in the Subcontractor Declaration Form which is submitted to the ESFA twice an academic year.
Management Fee Structure
Charges and Payment Arrangements
The Trust will apply the Education Skills Funding Agency 16-19 funding model when working out payments to the contractor (partner).
The contractor will receive 80% of the full amount, received by the Trust for the delivery of each learner’s programme (this will be to a maximum of £4,188 for a full-time programme – at least 540 hours for 2021.22. Where a learner leaves the programme before their planned end date and have not achieved their core aim, a retention factor will be applied. In such cases, the Trust will require 50% of the funding for that learner to be returned by the contractor. Again, this is a reflection of the Education Skills Funding Agency model.
The Trust will retain 20% of the learner’s funding for the following-
Where the Trust delivers Maths and English (Functional Skills and GCSE) a separate charge will be applied.
Annexe 2 – Sub Contracting Partners
A.L.D Hair & Beauty Academy 109-111 Blythe Terrace, Birtley, Chester-Le-Street DH3 1DW
Repairs & Construction Services, Newcastle City Council, Communities Directorate, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8QH