Preparation and assessment for HLTA status in association with the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) is not eligible for funding using the apprentice levy scheme.
DfE Apprenticeship funding: rules and guidance for employers (July 2018) states: the minimum duration of an apprenticeship is one year unless the framework or standard specification or assessment plan requires it to be longer. For apprenticeship standards, the end-point assessment can only be taken after the minimum duration has been met.
The minimum duration of each apprenticeship is based on the apprentice working 30 hours a week or more, including any off-the-job training they undertake. At least 20% of the apprentice’s paid hours, over the planned duration of the apprenticeship, must be spent on off-the-job training.
Gaining HLTA status with HNAP is a process of preparation for assessment, which includes a school-based assessment visit related to the skills and knowledge that teaching assistants and support staff working at a higher level are already demonstrating and, as such, does not provide a programme of development and training for the equivalent of a day a week for a year. For levy funding to be applicable for training and development the programme and end point assessment must have followed a ‘trailblazer’ pathway and have approval by the government.