This policy provides explanation and clarity for the college and its provision sub-contractors. West Kent and Ashford College has a range of supply-chain fees and charges with sub-contractors depending on the type and size of contract. These are agreed with the sub-contractor in the negotiation stage of the contract and are subject to due-diligence and a risk assessment. They are also dependent on agreed success rates and volume measures.

The College endeavours to minimise the risk within the supply chain by ensuring that sub-contractors working with the College offer high quality provision that is responsive to communities, learners and employers.

West Kent and Ashford College:

  • Recognises the benefits that effective sub-contracting can bring to extending the accessibility of provision for students and thereby contribute to the economic prosperity and stability of our neighbouring local communities. 
  • Uses sub-contractors to widen participation amongst student groups that it would otherwise be "hard to reach" and other individuals that face barriers to participation in learning and work. 
  • Uses sub-contractors as appropriate to fill gaps in, and to extend the breadth of its provision: for example, through widening the range of apprenticeship delivery offered to employers and students and broadening the range of sector subject areas or business sectors that can be covered.