The Department for Education has published details of how ESFA funded providers can apply for Covid-19 supplier relief, but eligible providers must apply by next Thursday, 30th April to qualify.

To be eligible for support providers must hold a direct non-levy apprenticeship contract for delivery from January 2018, or a direct AEB contract for delivery from November 2017.

You must also have 2018/19 qualification achievement rates above 40% (albeit providers with rates below that can submit an exceptional case), you must have submitted your latest financial accounts to the ESFA on time, and you must not have been judged by Ofsted as making insufficient progress.

The Supplier Relief application has two parts. Part 1 requires you to provide actual and cashflow forecast information, as well as information about your total turnover and ESFA income. Part 2 requires you to supply information about your organisation, the funds you need and the services you will deliver in order to maintain essential levels of operation for the benefit of apprentices, learners and employers.

Most of the application involves providing direct factual answers. There is, however, a general narrative section (Part 2, Section D) made up of 3 questions, each to be answered in up to 200 words each, to explain how you have adapted provision to maintain delivery during the pandemic.

Given the urgency of the response timeframe, the Carley Consult team are available to support you with this requirement. Please contact us info@carleyconsult.co.uk or call us on 01302 361630 and we would be happy to discuss the support we can offer.