Policy Statement

Straight A Training is committed to growing and diversifying the range of programmes and services it delivers to widen participation, engage in new and emerging markets and meet the needs of the regional and local economic development agenda. In order to achieve this, we have taken the strategic decision to subcontract part of our provision to partner organisations that will demonstrate high quality delivery and enable sharing of good practice.

Scope

This policy applies to supply chain activity supported by funds supplied by the Skills Funding Agency

This strategy covers the area of Subcontracting where there is the delivery of full programmes or frameworks by the Subcontractor/Partner.

We will ensure that:

  1. The proposed delivery is in the best interests of learners and employers
  2. The proposed delivery has a clear strategic fit with our mission, objectives and values
  3. There is sufficient expertise within Straight A Training to quality assure the provision
  4. There is sufficient staff resource in support areas within Straight A Training to administer the processes
  5. The Subcontractor/Partner is approved by our due-diligence process
  6. There is sufficient funding available within our funding contract
  7. There is a clear and transparent commitment between Straight A Training and the Subcontractor/Partner and both undertake to work within the terms of the agreed contract.

 

Compliance and Quality Improvement

We operate an inclusive approach to the development of the Self-Assessment Report (SAR) and Quality Improvement Plan (QIP); all Sub-contractors/Partners are required to participate.

Service delivery meetings are to be held on a quarterly basis in order to cascade important information and updates, to review progress towards agreed profiles and to share best practice

Straight A Training operates a Quality Improvement Cycle. It is a requirement for all Subcontractors/Partners to participate and work with us to comply and improve the quality of provision. The following is included as part of our commitment to improving quality of provision:

Risk Assessment, Management Fees and Charges

Our due diligence method underpins the decision making process when commencing work with new Subcontractors/Partners. The due diligence process will review the following aspects and will lead to the calculation of fees and charges for Subcontractors/Partners

Straight A Training will retain a management fee from Subcontractors/Partners which will range from 15%-25% dependent on the cost of the procurement process, support and guidance offered and the services required, tailored to individual subcontractors/partners. Examples of services, support and guidance are shown in Compliance and Quality Improvement section of this policy.

 

Payment Arrangements