Although the majority of Arriva PLC provision is directly delivered by the company there are instances where part of this provision is sub- contracted to other training providers. The purpose of this policy is to provide accurate and comprehensive information to external agencies on how the Arriva PLC procures its subcontracted services and the pricing framework used.
The policy applies to all subcontracted provision supported with the funds supplied by the ESFA. The Subcontracting Policy is a mandatory requirement for subcontracting activity from 1st August 2014. The policy’s content has been developed in line with the ESFA Funding Rules.
Arriva PLC will at all times undertake fair and transparent procurement activities. All opportunities for sub-contracted provision will be advertised and procured in accordance with the Arriva PLC Procurement Policy.
Arriva PLC will undertake a robust process of due diligence when selecting potential subcontractors to ensure the highest quality of learning delivery is made available which demonstrates value for money and has a positive impact on the learner experience. Potential partners must complete and submit the prequalification questionnaire at the expression of interest stage. Through this process, Arriva PLC will test the robustness of the provider to assess and mitigate any potential risk to Arriva PLC that the provider may not be able to uphold the ESFA’s requirements. This will include a review of financial robustness of the provider and their legal status.
Successful partners will be issued with a legally binding contract eligible for one full year. It must be signed and witnessed by the subcontractor and Arriva PLC. Terms and conditions will be agreed and included in the contract. Arriva PLC and the ESFA are granted full permission and rights to monitor the quality of training being provided and visit the subcontractor at their premises, training sites or employers premises from which they operate. The subcontract will reflect completely and accurately the ESFA Rules - April 2018 with performance being assessed against the Common Inspection Framework. All subcontractors holding contracts with an overall value of £500,000 or more a year will be required to be listed on the current Register of Apprenticeship Providers held by the ESFA. As from August 1st 2019 all subcontractors must be on the Register.
Arriva PLC is committed to improving the quality of teaching and learning and the learner and employer experience across its provision and will work with the subcontractor to ensure continuous improvements are put in place across the range of provision offered. The following processes are in place to help monitor the quality of subcontracted provision and actively improve quality on an on-going basis:
All subcontractors are required to undertake a self-assessment process in accordance with the Education Inspection Framework and produce a Self-Assessment Report (SAR). Arriva PLC will support partners in this process and in the setting of clear targets for improvement.
Subcontractors are required to have robust internal policies to ensure compliance with legislative undertakings and general good practice and make certain that policies are regularly updated and effectively implemented, the requirements of which are identified in the contract.
Arriva PLC will make a charge of up to 20% of the full contracted value as a management fee. The costs cover the provision of:
The subcontractor will be responsible for meeting the costs associated with the registration of candidates with awarding bodies and examination fees.
Payment to subcontractors will be made within 60 days of the invoice been received, subject to all necessary paperwork and records having been submitted within the required time scale. A checklist of key dates and deadlines for the paperwork to be received for inclusion in the return to the ESFA will be provided. Payment details are also included in the contract schedules issued to subcontractors at the start of the new contract year.
Arriva PLC will review this policy annually. This review will take place in April of each year and any policy revisions will be completed and published prior to the commencement of the next ESFA contract year. Any changes to the policy will be communicated to existing subcontractors at the contract management meetings. The policy will be discussed with new subcontractors prior to their engagement.