Nat Ema Regionalextensionstoe2eandplplearners Nov06 Pn

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Nat Ema Regionalextensionstoe2eandplplearners Nov06 Pn

  1. 1. Welcome Education Maintenance Allowance Extension to E2E and PLP Learners Presented by Greg Burke, Trevor Fellowes, Stephen Gardner and Kevin Street
  2. 2. • Greg Burke, Head of EMA Unit • Trevor Fellowes, Director of Learner Support • Stephen Gardner, Director of Work-based Learning • Kevin Street, Senior Policy Manager Speakers
  3. 3. EMA: Background, Basics and Context 01
  4. 4. WBL context • Target to improve Apprenticeship Framework completions by 75 per cent by 2008 • LSC now responsible for reducing size of NEET group by 2 per cent points by 2010 • Target of 50 per cent of E2E leavers going on to positive destination • Increase number of leavers who go on to further training • An additional driver to encourage employers to employ PLP learners • EMA is key product to support these aims
  5. 5. • Supports Government aims to improve skills and promote social inclusion • Supports Government targets – boost number of 16-19 year olds ‘staying on’ in education – ‘Level 2 at 19’ Public Service Agreement (PSA) • EMA means that money is not a barrier to getting a level 2 qualification • Today, everyone needs a minimum set of qualifications to get on in life Where does EMA fit in?
  6. 6. • Payment to encourage young people from low income families to stay in post-16 learning • Income assessed payment of £10, £20 or £30 per week for households with income up to £30,000 • ‘Something for something’ agreement, with payments to reward attendance • Periodic bonuses for achieving positive results What is EMA?
  7. 7. About the Extension 02
  8. 8. Why extend EMA? • 16-19 Financial Review recommended extension across age group • Designed to create a level playing field of financial support across schools/colleges and E2E/PLP provision
  9. 9. Why extend EMA? • Ensure learners’ families get additional benefits, for example, Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit – Maximum weekly value of complete support package to a family is over £88 a week, compared with £40 under MTA – Individual learners on Income Support can receive up to £74.05 a week • Ensure learners choose the most appropriate form of learning
  10. 10. What does this mean? • Minimum Training Allowance (MTA) and E2E bonuses will cease for new starters on 9 April 2006 • From April 2006, starters on LSC-funded E2E or PLP with learning providers can apply for EMA • Payments will be income assessed; maximum payment £30 per week
  11. 11. What does this mean? • Young people must have or open a bank account • Annual reapplication will be required • Travel continues to be funded as part of WBL budget
  12. 12. How will it work? • Application • Notice of Entitlement (NoE) sent to young person • Given to provider to authorise payments • No payment until NoE ‘cashed in’ • Payment centralised by APB and EMASYS • Paid directly into young person’s bank account More on EMASYS from APB later
  13. 13. Our response to Stakeholder Consultation 03
  14. 14. Application process • Schools will raise awareness • Connexions will raise awareness and offer support • Learning providers should also support learners as required • Currently considering how to help partners support learners through application process
  15. 15. Bank accounts • Past experience proves this is less of a problem than anticipated • Research shows approximately two-thirds of current E2E/PLP learners already have bank account • Solutions always found; work with your local partnership and bank managers • Please encourage people to set up bank account before their course to give them head start
  16. 16. Study patterns • Schools, colleges and E2E/PLP have very different but comparable study patterns • Authorised absences will continue to apply to both • Approach to absence-management must be pre- defined in learning agreement
  17. 17. Entitlement period • Aim: for NoE to be valid until course ends • Solution: if course extends beyond normal EMA year, extension of 22 weeks available • Process to encourage provider to ensure learner has completed new application on time • Application details retained to reduce burden
  18. 18. Transition • PLP/E2E learners who sign up before 9 April 2006 can retain MTA until end of course or December 2006 (whichever sooner) – Existing learners will need to become employed or transfer to PLP by December 2006 – If learner drops out and restarts after 10 April, they must apply for EMA – MTA learners who progress on to new course must apply for EMA
  19. 19. Transition • From 10 April 2006 eligible new starters must apply for EMA • Additional allocations to July/December being made to cover carry over allowances
  20. 20. Bonuses • Flexible approach to PLP/E2E bonuses for learners • 4 bonuses: – 1 x £25 for agreeing learning agreement, – 2 x £25 for achieving learning goals, – 1 x £50 for E2E who progress to Apprenticeship, FE or a job; or – 1 x £50 for PLP who progress to employer-led Apprenticeships • Not triggered by course calendar dates
  21. 21. Questions?
  22. 22. Countdown to April 2006 04
  23. 23. What do you need to do? • Read Learning Providers: Getting Ready for EMA • Priorities before Christmas: – Training. Nominate staff – Work with your local LSC to prepare • Look out for further guidance to be released in January
  24. 24. Support activity • EMA Extension Update can be downloaded from http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/Lsc/2005/externalrela tions/newsletters/ema-extension-update-nov- 2005.pdf • emaextension@lsc.gov.uk • Briefing key partners and stakeholders • Marketing and communications
  25. 25. Thank you
  26. 26. LSC-I-NAT-050628

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