Agriculture, Environment & Animal Care

Vocational Qualifications

Catering, Hospitality & Leisure

Vocational Qualifications

Childcare & Education

Access to HE
Apprenticeships
Pre-Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Construction, Engineering & Manufacturing

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Creative, Design & Digital

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Education & Training

Professional Development

Hair & Beauty

Vocational Qualifications

Health, Science & Social Care

Access to HE
Apprenticeships
Pre-Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Life Skills & Progression

Personal & Social Development

Personal and Professional Development

Personal & Social Development
Professional Development
Vocational Qualifications

Public & Protective Services

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Safeguarding & Wellbeing

Supporting SEND

Personal & Social Development
Professional Development

Transport & Logistics

Access to HE
Vocational Qualifications

Gateway Qualifications works with a number of organisations to support their delivery of European Social Fund (ESF) contracts. Our mix of qualifications, units and accredited training packages are ideal to demonstrate the required steps towards progression for the learner.

We are always happy to discuss your individual needs, so please feel free to pick up the phone and ask to speak to our Business Development team on 01206 911 211.

Funding Rules and Evidence Requirements

A couple of key documents available from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), which you should be aware of in conjunction with the ESF contract specification, are provided on the SFA website and linked to below:

Our three top tips

  1. Work backwards to progress
    That might sound like a bit of an oxymoron but the key thing about ESF contracts is to focus on the “progression” outcome and then work backwards to develop the most appropriate type of learning package to deliver that progression outcome.
  2. Assemble audit evidence
    You will have multiple audits for your ESF contract so assembling and being able to provide a clear, coherent audit trail is vitally important. Where the progression is to achieve a qualification, this evidence will naturally be assembled by meeting the learning aims and assessment criteria, and ultimately achieving the qualification. However, since not all ESF contracts require the delivery of a qualification or unit, you will need to carefully plan how you demonstrate this where the learning package isn’t certified or externally quality assured.
  3. Pick and mix to meet your learners’ needs
    ESF contracts often allow a large degree of flexibility in the elements you can include. Many of the organisations we work with will include a range of learning activities when building their programmes to support their contracts and learners. These often include elements such as small qualifications, unit delivery from within qualifications, work experience or placements, online training and many others.
    Whilst this approach is great for building a flexible programme, it can present a challenge to tracking and evidencing achievement so many providers find our Gateway Assured offer valuable as it provides you with an externally quality assured audit trail of activity, and learners with a certificate of their achievement from a nationally recognised awarding organisation.

Learn more in our webinar

Our free, on demand webinar is aimed at anyone who has applied form or has won an ESF contract or sub-contract. During this webinar, sector specialist and Director of Business Development, Paul Saunders, expands on these tips and provides examples to help you hit the ground running.

Watch our How to Successfully Deliver an ESF Contract webinar.

 

Our products to support your delivery

Where qualification, units and external quality assurance are desirable, we have a wealth of experience and products to support you.

For a flavour of the types of products we might recommend, please use the links below to browse our website:

Programmes aimed at supporting young people whoa re 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) or are at risk of becoming NEET

  • Vocational studies leading to Suite of Skills qualifications – flexible vocational qualifications assessed by a portfolio of evidence benefitting from shared units across the suite to enable co-teaching and reduce withdrawals.
  • Progression Qualifications – devised with the aim to progress learners into further learning and/or employment
  • Enterprise Qualifications – designed to support learners to develop the kinds of entrepreneurial skills that will be useful if they set up and run their own businesses but will also be useful to them in any work environment
  • Gateway Assured – providing an externally quality assured audit trail and a certificate of achievement from a nationally recognised awarding organisation

Programmes aimed at improving the delivery of Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

  • Information, Advice or Guidance Qualifications – Search ‘Information, Advice or Guidance’ on our Qualifications Page for help with upskilling the IAG workforce
  • CPD Programmes in IAG – for staff
  • Gateway Assured – providing an externally quality assured audit trail and a certificate of achievement from a nationally recognised awarding organisation

Education and training that helps unemployed and inactive people to enter into (and then sustain) employment

  • Employability Skills – this can be delivered as a stand-alone qualification or embedded within vocational studies or Suite of Skills vocational qualifications
  • Vocational Studies – providing tasters across a range of vocational sectors
  • Suite of Skills Vocational Qualifications – flexible vocational qualifications assessed by a portfolio of evidence benefitting from shared units across the suite to enable co-teaching and reduce withdrawals
  • Enterprise Qualifications – designed to support learners to develop the kinds of entrepreneurial skills that will be useful to them in any work environment
  • Volunteering Qualifications – intended to accredit the training that volunteers undertake to prepare for a volunteering role
  • Gateway Assured – providing an externally quality assured audit trail and a certificate of achievement from a nationally recognised awarding organisation

Programmes to support the needs of local employers and employees in the LEP area specific groups such as migrants, care leavers, travellers, teenage parents and Work Programme leavers

  • Access to HE Diplomas and Pre-Access courses to support learners to return to learning and progress to Higher Education and University
  • Bite-sized English and maths Qualifications to support specific skills gaps and progress learners to Functional Skills and GCSE
  • ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications – flexible assessment allows you to assess your learners when they are ready and at a time that suits them. A Pre-ESOL qualification is also available for non-native speakers who have no or very limited exposure to English
  • Independent Living – for learners who need to develop or further develop skills in specific areas
  • Gateway Assured – providing an externally quality assured audit trail and a certificate of achievement from a nationally recognised awarding organisation