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Welcome Education Maintenance Allowance Extension to E2E and PLP Learners Presented by Greg Burke, Trevor Fellowes, Stephen Gardner and Kevin Street.

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1 Welcome Education Maintenance Allowance Extension to E2E and PLP Learners Presented by Greg Burke, Trevor Fellowes, Stephen Gardner and Kevin Street

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 EMA: Background, Basics and Context 01

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 Supports Government aims to improve skills and promote social inclusion Supports Government targets –boost number of 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 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 About the Extension 02

8 Why extend EMA? 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 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 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 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 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 Our response to Stakeholder Consultation 03

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Questions?

22 Countdown to April

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 Support activity EMA Extension Update can be downloaded from tions/newsletters/ema-extension-update-nov pdf Briefing key partners and stakeholders Marketing and communications

25 Thank you

26 LSC-I-NAT


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