Help for the non-levy ITT
Quick Guide to Queries raised on all aspects of the ITT
A number of you have mentioned that it is quite onerous ploughing through the ESFA Q&As, so we have tried to help by splitting these up into the subject area and then putting them in some sort of order… for example if you open the ‘Written submission questions and answers - UPDATED’ document below you will find all of the queries raised with their answers listed in question order. This includes the questions asked of ESFA via Bravo and those that have come to me through the webinars or via email. A similar document is being produced for the Volumes and Values spreadsheet queries also. These will be updated with any further queries and answers that are published.
A definitive answer regarding ‘Financial year’
Many of you were concerned as to what figures to submit regarding business turnover for the financial year 2015 to 2016. It has been clarified that you should provide the annual turnover as published in your own accounts for your own financial year – regardless of whether that financial year starts in April 2015 or August 2015.
ESFA have confirmed that they will respond to merger queries on an individual basis.
ESFA have released an ‘Attachment FAQ Version 2’ (14/08/2017) which lists some of the commonly asked queries, so worth having a read. This deals with general issues and some specifically related to completion of the Volumes and Values spreadsheet.
Below are the on-demand recordings of the webinars.
We also have the following resources available:
ESFA have issued some guidance for merged colleges – below you will find a short version of this guidance.
If your college has been merged since 2015/16 you may have been wondering how you should approach the calculation for the Tender Cap. ESFA have produced some guidance now and should have been in direct contact with you if you raised a query through Bravo. Here is a summary of the approaches:
If you merged during the first week of August then you should use your newly allocated UKPRN and name, add both colleges T/O figures together and enter total in box  on the Core Information worksheet. Again for box  add apprenticeship delivery figures together. For the non-levy percentage you will need to use both the old individual college’s non-levy proxy percentage to calculate the cash value and then add these two figures together. From the cash value you then derive the percentage of non-levy.
If you are scheduled and confident that you will merge before the 4 Sept 2017 ITT deadline, using the UKPRN of the college that will remain post-merger follow the same procedure as above.
If you are not confident of merger prior to 4 September 2017 ITT deadline then each college should make separate applications and if the merger occurs before contracts are issued then ESFA will combine the two allocations (assuming both colleges are successful of course) using the basic formula to determine the merged college’s tender cap.
If you merged after 2015/16 then we believe you should also follow the procedure noted above (we are awaiting confirmation from ESFA on this).
Any questions on this, please contact Teresa Frith.