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Workshop: Understanding ESFA compliance and its audit process as an HEI


Workshop: Understanding ESFA compliance and its audit process as an HEI

For many HEIs delivering apprenticeships, ESFA compliance and auditing will be new. To deliver apprenticeships successfully and avoid minimising any clawback of funds, HEIs will need to have a clear understanding of ESFA evidence and financial assurance requirements.

This one-day workshop for HEIs will give you a clear overview of the ESFA’s auditing processes, the broader financial assurance system for apprenticeships, and how you, as an HEI, can self-assess your compliance ahead of any ESFA monitoring.

The workshop, taking place on Tues, 5th March (10am – 4pm), will take you through:

An overview of ESFA compliance and audit processes

What evidence ESFA auditors will want to see

Establishing an evidence collection system as an HEI - blending quality with compliance

How to sample the quality of your data and reduce errors

Examples of effective practice and actions you can take with your staff

Who this workshop is for

This workshop is for any HEI looking for a greater understanding of ESFA evidence requirements, auditing processes and apprenticeship funding assurance more broadly – allowing you to meet the funding rules and safeguard funding. Delegated, for example, may include senior managers, mid-level managers or operational staff from Universities and other HEI institutions.

Facilitators and speakers

The workshop will be facilitated by SDN Senior Associates, David Lockhart-Hawkins and Mandy Crawford-Lee (also Director of Policy at UVAC). David lives and breathes the ESFA funding rules and has worked with HEIs across the country to establish effective compliance systems. Mandy, as a former ESFA senior manager, has an expert understanding of the apprenticeship funding system and what this looks like in practice for HEIs.

Why an SDN workshop?

SDN are leading experts in apprenticeship implementation of quality and compliance, having worked directly with over 1,000 apprenticeship organisations across the country, including many HEIs. SDN have supported many of the trailblazer employer groups developing higher-level standards and have worked with HEIs across the country to launch and grow their apprenticeship provision.


To keep prices down, payment for the workshop must be made online via bank card. If you are unable to book via card, please email us on: ZXZlbnRzIHwgc3RyYXRlZ2ljZGV2ZWxvcG1lbnRuZXR3b3JrICEgY28gISB1aw==

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions (including our refund policy) for SDN events can be found here. When you make a booking, you agree to these Terms and Conditions (including those who request a booking via email and invoice).

Any questions, please email: ZXZlbnRzIHwgc3RyYXRlZ2ljZGV2ZWxvcG1lbnRuZXR3b3JrICEgY28gISB1aw==

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