We have offered 4 Apprentices a position with to work for us, therefore the employer will be the provider. Three will be due for co-investment; has anyone experiences this since May – how did you treat the co-investment charges – as clearly we are not going to invoice ourselves?
If you are an employer provider and are paying co-investment costs towards your own staff/apprentices as your levy pot has insufficient funds, then you do not need to invoice yourselves or record these payments on the ILR.
You will, however, need to record the Learning and Delivery Monitoring (LDM) code 356 – ‘Apprenticeship being delivered to own employees.’
I don’t know if you’re monitoring this, but we have put this on our 2016-17 and 2017-18 ILRs and the 16-17 ones at least are returning an error because it’s not valid. Should this be input only on 2017-18 ILRs, but for all staff learners, or only for staff learners starting from 2017-18?
I think there is some confusion here when the term ‘employer provider’ was used by Martin from the SFA as the guidance states:
For providers delivering apprenticeships to their own staff; you do not need to record any co-investment payments on the ILR. In these cases, please record the Learning and Delivery Monitoring (LDM) code 356 (‘Apprenticeship being delivered to own employees’).
I am sure this applies irrespective of the Provider type and contract held, you could be A Main Provider, Employer Provider or even a subcontract provider, I hope the ESFA can confirm this.