Our approach to subcontracting in apprenticeships

The University of Hertfordshire delivers Higher and Degree apprenticeships to businesses in the following sectors:

  • Legal, Finance and Accounting
  • Business and Administration
  • Digital
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Health and Science
  • Education

Normally, the University validates programmes with the intention of delivering the entire programme. There are occasions where this is not possible, and the University has agreed to subcontract delivery of part of an apprenticeship in the following circumstances:

  • Where there is an employer requirement that part of the delivery is subcontracted to them
  • The subcontractor has the ability to deliver niche elements within the apprenticeship and this may be staff expertise or specialist physical resources
  • The subcontractor can widen access, participation and progression for a particular group of learners

The University will be seeking to subcontract the delivery of functional skills math and English. This will be to support those learners who do not have or cannot evidence that they hold qualifications in these subjects as these are required by the ESFA funding rules.

Where any element of a programme, including English and math provision is subcontracted to another provider, they must be on the ESFA’s register of Apprenticeship Training Providers or a registered Employer Provider.

All subcontracted provision will be subject to the Universities Subcontracting policy for ESFA funded programmes. The policy can be found here.

The University charges a maximum of 25% for the management of subcontractors. This covers the costs of monitoring visits, reporting and due diligence checks.