- learndirect Limited will not benefit from the £45m of funding as this level of funding does not even cover the cost base in the Adult Learning part of the business. The decision to fund learndirect Limited to July 2018 was made in the interest of learners.
- learndirect Limited’s Adult Learning business has good success rates (better now than when it was an Ofsted Grade 2) and received a Grade 3 in the recent inspection. The decision therefore to force a significant operator in the Adult Learning sector to close is unjust.
- We understand that learndirect Limited did not receive a higher proportional funding allocation from ESFA in 2017/18 than other providers who chose to exit the sector.
- It is worth noting that a public-sector organisation that is awarded an Ofsted Grade 4 is allowed to continue trading and make improvements (a number of FE colleges have been permitted to do this) while any private sector provider given a Grade 4 is closed down. This is deeply unfair and inhibits competition in the sector.
learndirect Limited’s Chairman Ken Hills said, “I hope responsible media and the FE community begin to understand that successive governments have continually moved the goalposts in the adult skills and Apprenticeships landscape. It is then left to companies such as ours to pick up the pieces, although ultimately the real victims are the learners and apprentices, mainly young people, who will suffer from these catastrophic policies. learndirect Limited has acknowledged that mistakes were made in its SME Apprenticeship delivery and has taken significant action to remedy the situation.”
What are your views about the learndirect Ofsted report? Click here to find out how the sector responded in August.