Ashford College


This policy provides explanation and clarity for the college and its provision subcontractors. West Kent and Ashford College has a range of supply-chain fees and charges with subcontractors depending on the type and size of contract. These are agreed with the subcontractor 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 subcontractors 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 subcontracting 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 subcontractors 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 subcontractors 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.