Subcontracting OpportunitiesOur Skills Contract

In addition to our vibrant membership service, The Derbyshire Network holds a Skills Funding Agency (SFA) contract that allows us to subcontract out the delivery of 16–18 Apprenticeships, Adult Skills (including 19+ Apprenticeships) and 24+ Advanced Learning Loans to suitable partners across England. We are also on the look out for other funding streams that will support training provider members.

We have an excellent track record in managing our SFA contract and an effective and transparent contract management infrastructure. We pride ourselves on the high-standards we set and the supportive, open environment we create for training providers partnered with us.

Recommended NetworkPartnering Opportunities

Our philosophy of partnering is very simple – we look to work with high quality training providers who are committed to continuous improvement of their organisation, learner and employer experience and ability to evidence quality of provision.



Our ethos: a true and professional partnership

  • Partners are encouraged to retain their own identity and branding - we provide behind the scenes support leaving providers to develop independently
  • Our selection and due diligence processes are robust and meet SFA requirements
  • Our standards and performance requirements for partners are fair, clear and transparent
  • Partners are supported by a dedicated contracts team and a range of events and workshops
  • Partners are judged independently on their performance – high performance levels may give access to additional funding
  • All partners are given a fair and equal opportunity to become involved in new opportunities
  • We have a fair and consistent Supply Chain Fees and Charging Policy that complies with SFA requirements
  • We are a signatory to ’A Common Accord in the Working of Supply Chains in the Post 16 Learning & Skills Sector’

Contact usShould your training company be interested in subcontracting, the first step is for you to decide if your company fits with our ethos and Supply Chain Fees and Charging Policy. You will then need to complete our membership application form, as subcontractors must be part of the network before subcontracting can commence. If you like what you see, please complete a TDN Submission of Interest in Subcontracting form and return to Marketing and Business Development Manager Jason Jones in the first instance.    

We then begin a due diligence process that allows us to ascertain whether we can support your training company at this moment in time. If there are opportunities available, you will be rewarded with a contract and expected to comply with the high-standards we set. For more information, please complete our contact form

A breakdown of our payments to sub-contractors and fees earned for 2016-17 can be viewed here: Sub-Contractor payment and fees 2016-17