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Subcontracting: using funding to offer education and training

Subcontracting SFA funding, the information you need to send, what is a subcontractor and who is on the subcontracting list.

Lead providers: their role

A lead provider is a college, training organisation or employer that has a direct contractual relationship with the Agency.

A subcontractor is an organisation that is engaged in a contractual and legally binding arrangement with one or more lead providers, to deliver education and training provision that the Agency funds.

UK Provider Registration Number

Each lead provider and subcontractor must have a valid UKPRN.

A UKPRN is a UK Provider Registration Number. When an organisation registers with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP), a UKPRN is issued. Organisations can register on the UKRLP free of charge, at the following web address: http://www.ukrlp.co.uk/.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the list of declared subcontractors or would like further information, please email: info@sfa.bis.gov.uk.

List of declared subcontractors (formerly the ‘subcontracting register’)

Provides information about subcontractors that hold contracts worth at least £100,000 in aggregate with one or more lead providers (a college, training organisation or employer that has a direct contractual relationship with the SFA).

Subcontractors are shown with their lead provider/s and the individual values of their contracts. Some subcontractors are ‘lead providers’ in their own right. The list is based on data taken from subcontractor declaration forms that ‘lead providers’ submit each academic year.

  1. List of declared subcontractors

    • Guidance

Subcontracting: for the first time

If you want to subcontract for the first time, you must obtain the SFA’s written permission before doing so.

  1. SFA subcontracting for the first time: seeking written approval

    • Guidance

Subcontracting: second-level

If you want to subcontract to a second level (where a subcontractor further subcontracts to another legal entity), you must first obtain the SFA’s written permission. You must obtain permission from the SFA to subcontract to a second level every year.

  1. SFA subcontracting to a second level: seeking written approval

    • Guidance

Providing external assurance on subcontracting controls

The SFA funding agreements contain a clause about an annual subcontracting assurance requirement.

The clause requires lead providers that will subcontract more than a defined level of provision to obtain a report from an external auditor that provides assurance on the arrangements in place to manage and control their subcontractors. The clause requires lead providers in scope to supply us with a certificate confirming that the report provides satisfactory assurance.

  1. Providing external assurance on subcontracting controls

    • Guidance