ILR specification: 2022 to 2023

Contract Reference Number: Field


The reference number, assigned by the ESFA, for an element of the contract.

Reason Required

ESF and Skills Bootcamps contract management and reporting.

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Collection Requirements

  • ESF (FundModel 70)
  • Skills Bootcamps (FundModel 37, Prog Type 32)


  • This field must be completed for all ESF and Skills Bootcamps funded learning aims. It is completed with the contract reference number from the provider's Appendix 1 (Summary of Funding).

  • For ESF delivery this number will be in the format of 'ESF-xxxxxxx' where 'x' is numerical

  • For Skills Bootcamps this number will be in the format of 'SB-contract reference-deliverable code' or 'SBA-contract reference-deliverable code'. The contract reference prefix SBA is used for Pathway to Accelerated Apprenticeships rather than SB. The deliverable code will be after the contract reference following the second hyphen.