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Support for institutions 

To support institutions HEFCE is working with the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC), to develop and deliver guidance and support. 

Following the announcement from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) about the new Invitation to Tender (ITT) for funding to deliver apprenticeships to non-levy-paying employers, HEFCE has commissioned UVAC to deliver a range of support for the higher education sector. 

The current event calendar is summarised below. Information on support from September onwards will be added soon. 




View the webinar

ITT deep dive

For HEIs who have not previously made a tender application to the EFSA or SFA

HEIs were offered help to draft their ITT application.

The webinar covered:

  • the application process and ESFA processes
  • the ITT criteria and typical evidence
  • how to consider and develop your bid funding levels
  • principles, pitfalls and good practice.
View the ITT deep dive webinar

ITT update

For HEIs who have previously tendered to the ESFA or SFA and are familiar with the ITT application process



HEIs were given an overview of changes from the last ITT.

The webinar covered:

  • criteria and suggested evidence
  • process and possible pitfalls.
View the ITT update webinar

View slides from HEFCE's degree apprenticeship conference

View recordings and slides from webinars on Register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) applications

Employer contract and commitment statement templates

UVAC has commissioned a solicitor to produce:

  • an apprenticeship contract template between an HE provider and an employer
  • a sub-contractor contract template between an HE provider and a sub-contractor.

Read more and request the templates

UVAC has also developed a template for a commitment statement. This is intended to meet the commitment statement requirements in the funding rules, but also offer a wider content to support the apprenticeship.

Page last updated 24 August 2017

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