Morning everyone, we are delivering Management Levels 3 and 5 and part of the requirement is achievement of English and Maths at Level 2. Many of our learners are over 30 and although they have achieved English and Maths at Level 2 they are unable to locate their Certificates. We have recently had a new provider audit and our auditor confirmed that if learners can’t locate their Certificates then they must complete the qualification.
Having presented this to our learners we are receiving several complaints.
Are other providers having this same challenge in relation to English and Maths?
It can be an issue, but acceptable evidence is a requirement of the funding rules and where this cannot be provided the ESFA will fund English and Maths. In the event that a learner finds evidence at a later date then you can claim the E/M funding up to that point.
Most learners will understand this as it is a mandatory requirement.
Many thanks. Re the funding, will ESFA fund learners who have achieved previously but just can’t locate their Certificates?
Also with the initial testing (we are using BKSB), if their test results indicate they are higher than a Level 2 in either English or Maths can this be used as evidence that they don’t actually need to achieve the qualifications?
For an ESF project we had the same issue; our simplest solution was to ask them to obtain a Certified Statement of Results from the examination board (the process takes a while and costs £30-£50). Alternatively the training organisation can request this on their behalf (and bear the cost), although the signature of the student is still needed.
You cannot use initial assessment results, I did use the term ‘acceptable evidence’ to indicate other sources that can be used where a certificate is not available such as ‘statement of results’ or PLR printout.
You can use any evidence as long as it is acceptable to the certification body (ESFA).