ESFA Communities to Replace FEconnect

If you’re a Further Education or training provider, you may well be familiar with FEconnect. However, now it’s time to familiarise yourself with its successor, ESFA Communities.

As an online forum for funding and data issues in apprenticeships and Further Education, FEconnect provided a community space for professionals in the sector.

However, this forum – which the ESFA considered outdated – has now been replaced.

ESFA Communities is a peer-to-peer discussion forum for further education and training providers. In the words of the ESFA, it is “more accessible, scalable and easier to use” than the outgoing service.

Since its launch in September 2020, the forum has grown to over 1,000 registered users and around 500 new topics and replies per month.

As such, last week, the ESFA announced that FEconnect will close on 29th July 2021. Content currently accessible on the site will not be available after that date.

Visit ESFA Communities here.

You will need to register an account to join.

If you have any questions about this transition or would like to know more about ESFA Communities, please contact

If you’re a training provider or an employer provider and would like to know more about End Point Assessment, feel free to contact us. As a pan-sector authority we offer free, impartial apprenticeship management advice.

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