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Subcontracting fees and charges policy

Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG) is committed to working with high quality subcontracted partner organisations who provide training which will support national, regional and local economic development.

Partner organisation must be able to demonstrate the ability to deliver high quality training and education and that they have a strong financial standing.

Scope

This policy applies to all subcontracted partner arrangements. It sets out how NSCG will apply fees and charges to contracts with organisations subcontracted to deliver training and education on the NSCG’s behalf.
This document outlines the NSCG’s subcontracting fees and charges policy for the 2016-17 academic year. This policy is published in line with Skills Funding Agency requirements stated in the Funding Rules 2016-17 and the Education Funding Agency Funding Regulations for Post 16 Provision.

Policy Statement

NSCG is committed to provide high quality education and training to meet both local and national skills priorities. NSCG recognises that in order to provide such services subcontracting and partnership working is essential. The main reasons for subcontracting are:

  • to build capacity to deliver training in skills priority areas;
  • to offer niche provision through specialist providers;
  • to provide cost effective provision that meets demand.

Implementation

NSCG will ensure that the subcontractor is subject to a rigorous Due Diligence process and:

  • delivers a high quality service;
  • will not further subcontract provision to other colleges or training organisations;
  • employs high calibre staff to deliver to learners and informs NSCG if these staff change;
  • complies with NSCG’s policies and procedures;
  • complies with the law e.g. Health and Safety, Data Protection, Equality and
  • Diversity;
  • has been risk assessed.
  • Is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers
  • is aware of the clear lines of responsibility and understands the consequences of any breach of contract

Subcontractors will participate in:

  • Safeguarding learners (including Prevent responsibilities)
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Regular unannounced quality assurance checks
  • Short notice audit visits
  • Observation of teaching and learning
  • Performance meetings
  • Learner satisfaction surveys

Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning In line with our quality improvement cycle, NSCG will support, develop and share good practice through; quality reviews, compliance visits, compliance meetings, observations of teaching and learning, and learner and employer feedback.

Management Fees

NSCG will incur costs to manage the subcontracting process. These costs will be in proportion to the level of pre-contract assessment, performance management and risk management associated with the subcontracted activity. Also included in the costs are the quality assurance requirements outlined in the previous section. The quality assurance costs for subcontractors delivering out of area will be greater than those delivering locally owing to quality visits etc.

Based on a risk banded scale the average management fees retained by NSCG will range from between 10% and 40%. The management fee will be agreed before the contract is confirmed with the subcontractor and will be subject to review and negotiation dependant on performance, risk and delivery model.

Payment Terms and Conditions

Payments will be made in proportion to the income generated, per learner, monthly in arrears in line with the NSCG’s financial procedures.
Full details of payment arrangements for each individual contract are included in each Subcontractors contract. These include the detailed schedule for evidence submission and monthly financials deadlines, with specific dates for each month.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Vice Principal has responsibility for ensuring that the Subcontracting Fees and Charges Policy is reviewed annually. The Vice Principal will ensure that Subcontracting procedures and other such documents comply with, and are implemented in line with Skills Funding Agency requirements and best practice.

All potential subcontractors will be made aware of the policy as part of the tendering process.

Disclaimer

NSCG reserves the right to amend its subcontracting arrangements at any time in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in its standard contract for subcontracted provision.

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