Developing Subcontractor Performance - Improving Quality and Success Rates

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


Lead providers, consortia partnerships and subcontracted provision are increasingly common approaches for the management and delivery of funded training with the FE & Skills Sector.  In these situations the lead provider is held responsible, during Ofsted inspection and funding body performance review, for the delivery of improvements in learner success and achievement rates. The lead provider/contract holder is also responsible for programme delivery quality within its partner and subcontractor base. 

Poor subcontractor performance can have very significant consequences for a contract holder, even where internally managed delivery is performing to a good standard. The same is true in consortia arrangements with a minority of poorly performing providers. Poor or under-performing subcontractors or partners, also suggests a failure of the lead partner / contract holder, to support and develop the quality of the subcontracted provision. Where this is the case, it will have implications for judgements on the effectiveness of overall quality assurance and improvement arrangements, and by inference the effectiveness of leadership and management.

This workshop has been designed to look at all key aspects of subcontractor/partner management and identify what effective practice, in a range of contexts, looks like.  In simple terms this workshop explores and demonstrates the types of management systems and processes lead providers need to adopt with their subcontractors if they are to manage performance effectively.

For Whom

This intense and highly interactive workshop has been designed for operational managers within further education learning and training organisations, especially lead providers, with responsibility for, but limited experience in, improving subcontractor or consortia partner performance.

It will also be relevant to Quality Assurance and Improvement Managers, and staff who are likely to take up subcontractor monitoring or a wider quality role in the near future.


The aim of the workshop is to help participants to


As a result of attending this workshop participants will be able to describe and explain the following clearly:

Workshop Content

The workshop content falls into three themes:

Ensuring Robust Foundations

Managing Performance

Growing Quality

Learning will be facilitated through the following:

Delegate Feedback

'Essential to be able to manage sub-contracting effectively.'
Sub Contracting & Partnership Co-ordinator, North East Worcestershire College

'It was excellent, informative and useful.'
Vice Principal of Corporate Services, Queen Alexandra College

'Valuable in providing ideas to add to your tool kit e.g. auditing and ideas for improved contractor performance monitoring.'
Quality Manager for IV & Subcontracts

'Excellent - all handouts and feedback notes excellent. Very useful and thought provoking.'
Learner and Employer Voice Manager

Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities