Sub-contractor Fees and Charges Policy
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training is committed to growing and diversifying the range of courses it delivers to widen participation, deliver to niche markets, engage in new and emerging markets and meet the regional and local economic development agenda. In order to achieve this, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training has subcontract part of its provision to partner organisation(s) who can demonstrate high quality delivery.
This policy applies to all supply chain activity supported by funds supplied by the Skills Funding Agency. This strategy covers two key areas of Subcontracting:
- Provision subcontracting where there is the delivery of full programmes or frameworks by the Subcontractor.
- Service subcontracting where the delivery of a service as part of the delivery of a programme such as procuring the delivery of part of an Apprenticeship, framework or outreach support.
Within both of these cases, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training retains full accountability for contract delivery.
Upon commencement of the subcontracting process, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training will consider the case on a business based rationale to ensure that the subcontracting will be in the best interests of all parties.
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training will ensure that:
- The proposed delivery is in the best interests of learners and employers
- The proposed delivery has a clear strategic fit with our mission, objectives and values
- There is sufficient expertise within Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training to quality assure the provision
- There is sufficient staff resource in support areas to administer the processes
- The Subcontractor is approved by our due-diligence process
- There is sufficient funding available within our funding contract
- The Subcontractor agrees to work within the terms of our contract
Subcontracted partners will be expected to meet Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training's quality assurance standards with Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training being committed to supporting, developing and sharing good practice and professional development of staff through quality reviews, operational meetings, observations of teaching and learning and learner and employer feedback. The quality of provision will be monitored and managed through our existing quality improvement process with Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training's Self-Assessment Report / Quality Improvement Plan process ensuring continuous improvement in all parts of the learner journey.
Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training retains a management fee from subcontracted partner organisations, with this ranging from 5% to 10%. The fees charged reflect the cost of the procurement process and the management of the contracts.
Subcontractors will receive a high level of support and guidance and access to Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training's systems, including:
- Quality management systems
- Certification and registration with awarding bodies if required
- Management Information Services and data control advice
- Audit of management systems and delivery and observation of teaching, learning and assessment
- Safeguarding of Young People and Vulnerable Adults procedures
- Health and Safety compliance
- Teaching, Learning and Assessment observations and coaching
- CPD Opportunities and planned training and development
- Policy development
- Support with Funding Rules compliance
- Regular national updates regarding funding and policy guidance
- Network Meetings
- Equality and diversity support
- Administration of the AGE Grant process
Not all Subcontractors are charged the same management fee with the differences in fees being dependent upon the level of support required, the experience of the Subcontractor, their target learners; their track record, success rates and the level of risk as determined by the due diligence process.
- Payments are made on a monthly basis by the end of the following month in which the activity is successfully processed and uploaded to the SFA by Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training.
- Following validation of the evidence in the ILR return, Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training will make the appropriate payment to the Subcontractor based on the level of income calculated by the validation process in that month less the agreed management fee.
- Payments are made by BACS.
- Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training expects that the Subcontractor will fully engage in the assessment of accuracy of payments and they therefore have the responsibility to review their monthly remittance advices to identify any inaccuracies.
In 2014/15, the following earnings and payments were completed:
WGTA 10007349 Type of Provision: Apprenticeship 16-18; 19+ Contract Start Date: 1st August Contract End Date: 31st July Total SFA Earnings: £309,207 Payments made: £293,747 Retained income: £15,460
In 2015/16, the following earnings and payments were completed:
WGTA 10007349 Type of Provision: Apprenticeship 16-18;19+ Contract Start Date: 1st August Contract End Date: 31st July Total SFA Earnings: £329,155 Payments made: £312,896 Retained income: £16,259
The Policy will be discussed with current and future Subcontractors during contract review meetings and reviewed at least annually in July of each year. Any changes will be notified to subcontractors as part of their regular performance review or via separate correspondence.