IBSL qualification purpose statements must reflect the business rules which the Skills Funding Agency has adopted for the approval of qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for public funding for adult learners, in England.
All qualifications must have a clear statement of purpose.
The purpose must reflect selected priorities, mainly supporting progression to work although for Entry and Level 1, supporting independent living is in scope.
The purpose for qualifications must be competence-based or to prepare learners for employment or for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area.
All publically funded qualifications must show demand for funding of 100+ learners over two years delivered through organisations that are on the Register of Training Organisations.
Unfortunately, the new criteria mean that some ‘specialist’ qualifications, for example the Level 3 Deafblind Communication, may not meet the eligibility rules for funding. How flexible the SFA will be regarding qualifications that contribute to the economy and the health and well-being of the nation (our emphasis) remains to be seen.
IBSL believes that the following qualifications meet the SFA business rules.