I wonder if you can clarify and issue for me? Is an Apprentice who is undertaking an ESFA funded Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship (Level 3), able to self-fund a degree study programme? Martin West was asked this question in 2016 and his reply was ‘yes, as long as it is not funded by another Government department’. Does this reply still stand or has it changed with new ruling?
The previous 2016/17 rule was:
An apprenticeship is a full-time programme. You must not claim funding where either you or another party claim funding from another government department or an agency, such as the Education Funding Agency or Department for Work and Pensions, for that individual.
For 2017/18 this was changed to:
Not be undertaking another apprenticeship, or another DfE funded FE/HE programme, at the same time as any new apprenticeship they start. Individuals on a sandwich placement as part of a degree programme must not undertake any part of an apprenticeship during this placement.