​Information for new Centres

Once providers have completed the Centre Approval process and registered as a Centre, the first question that is often asked is how do I draw down funding for NCFE CACHE qualifications?’ This section deals with the two public funding bodies who Centres will most regularly deal with:

The Education Funding Agency (for learners aged 16-19)

The Skills Funding Agency (for learners aged 19+, and apprentices aged 16+)

How do I draw down funding for NCFE CACHE qualifications?

Accessing funding for learners aged 16-19

The Education and skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funds FE colleges, sixth-form colleges, sixth-forms in schools and academies to provide study programmes for:

  • learners aged 16 to 19
  • learners up to the age of 25 when they have a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • 14-16 year olds who are directly enrolled in eligible FE institutions
  • home-educated learners of compulsory school age at any FE college​.

A range of information and guidance for providers is available on the Education and Skills Funding Agency website, and should be referred to by all new Centres looking to deliver qualifications to 16-19 year olds.

Accessing funding for learners aged 19+

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has a range of information for providers on their website which explains the procedure for registering with them and drawing down funding for eligible learners.

Once you are registered as a Centre, on the Register of Training Organisations and approved to offer our qualifications (including those within Traineeships and Apprenticeships) you can explore the opportunities for contracting and drawing down public funding. A list of which qualifications are approved for funding for the different age groups of learners can be found on the funding page​ of our website.’