Deadline: National Apprenticeship Awards Nominations

Updated: The National Apprenticeship Awards team have extended the deadline to 5pm on Friday 30th July. The article has been updated to reflect this. Do you know of apprentices, employers, or apprenticeship champions that deserve recognition for their work? You can still make nominations for the 2021 National Apprenticeship Awards – but time is running … Continue reading Deadline: National Apprenticeship Awards Nominations

Have Your Say on Degree Apprenticeships

Do you have views on how degree apprenticeships are developed and approved? Are you in a position to give feedback on how they work in practice? If so, you now have the opportunity to have your say. This month the Institute has proposed a series of developments for degree apprenticeships, and now they want to … Continue reading Have Your Say on Degree Apprenticeships

How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

Applications for the new apprenticeship incentive grant are now open. The grant is available to all apprentices with a start date between 1st April and 30th September 2021. It is also available to apprentices that have a practical training start date between 1st April and 30th November 2021. What is the incentive grant? With the … Continue reading How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

The ESFA has extended the deadline of a survey reviewing FE funding rates. The survey – which is now open until Friday 30th July – asks FE training providers to give their view on whether current funding rates are suitable for supporting “high cost and high value” training provision. In a statement the ESFA said: … Continue reading FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

Business Enterprise NOS Update

If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner, we want your insight into how you do your job. We are once again working with Skills Development Scotland to review the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Business Enterprise. The current NOS outline the range of functions and areas of competence for job roles within … Continue reading Business Enterprise NOS Update

Cleaning and Support Services NOS Update

Skills Development Scotland has commissioned Instructus Skills to review the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Cleaning and Support Services. This review is with the aim of bringing the content up-to-date and in line with current best practices. To do this the best way, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. As such, if you … Continue reading Cleaning and Support Services NOS Update

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 – … Continue reading ESFA Communities to Replace FEconnect

Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

From June, End-Point Assessment standards will become subject to embedded version controls. Once in place, these versions will clearly identify where any apprenticeship standards have been updated or amended. This will help ensure that the apprentice is graded according to the correct criteria for their standard, and receive the correct certification. It’s another step to … Continue reading Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

National Apprenticeship Awards 2021 Opening for Entries

The National Apprenticeship Awards are returning in 2021 for the 18th running of the annual ceremony. Run by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards are an opportunity to recognise the apprentices, employers, and apprenticeship champions that have made vocational training a success. The awards are free to enter, with the entry period opening on 5th … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2021 Opening for Entries

The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Since 1st April, English employers have managed their apprenticeships via the Government’s Manage Apprenticeships scheme. With this change, employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3 million have been able to use the Apprenticeship Service for the first time. This means that employers of any size can now register an account and gain … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide