Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched

The Government has launched a new consultation on flexible apprenticeships in sectors including agriculture, construction, and the creative industries. The consultation is seeking views from employers on how the proposed new “flexi-job” apprenticeship schemes could work. It launched on the 20th of April. Originally announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak during the Spring Budget, these new … Continue reading Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched

How Your Feedback Shaped the Digital Marketing NOS

In early March, our standards and qualifications expert Larisa Puk submitted the findings of our recent Digital Marketing NOS consultation to our colleagues at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). This consultation – delivered several weeks ahead of schedule – is something you may already be familiar with. Launched in January, the consultation sought out the … Continue reading How Your Feedback Shaped the Digital Marketing NOS

Functional Skills Updates Published

On April 22nd Ofqual published updates to the conditions, requirements, and guidance for Functional Skills qualifications. Ofqual has made these updates due to the Secretary of State’s decision to extend the end date for continuing learners on the legacy Functional Skills qualifications to 31st July 2021. You can view the updated documents by following the … Continue reading Functional Skills Updates Published

Free Webinar: Authentic Leadership Development

Introduce an Authentic Leadership Style to Your Business Skilled, empathetic, authentic leadership is essential for propelling your organisation through challenging times. In fact, research shows that the behaviours characterised by authentic leadership are now more relevant than ever. 81% of professionals expect some form of negative impact from the COVID-19 pandemic 73% of UK professionals … Continue reading Free Webinar: Authentic Leadership Development

Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published version 5 of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. This document outlines the updated rules for apprenticeship funding. To view a summary of the changes in the Apprenticeship Funding Rules Version 5, click here to visit the GOV.UK documentation. These rules are being published following the … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

EPA Flexibilities Survey is Now Live

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (The Institute) has launched a new survey on End Point Assessment (EPA) flexibilities. This survey is aimed at giving a voice to everyone involved in the apprenticeship sector. This means if you’re a training provider, an employer, an apprentice, or an interested party, this survey is for you. … Continue reading EPA Flexibilities Survey is Now Live

Join the SVQ Brand Review

SQA Accreditation is undertaking a review of the Scottish Vocational Qualifications brand. To do this, they need your input. SQA Accreditation quality assures qualifications offered in Scotland by approving awarding bodies and accrediting their qualifications. They achieve this by regulating awarding bodies and their qualifications against published regulatory requirements. This SVQ brand review will ensure … Continue reading Join the SVQ Brand Review

Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a new version of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. With Version 4, the ESFA has updated the rules to reflect that, as of 25th February 2021, eligible apprentices can start their End Point Assessment before achieving their functional skills qualifications. This applies where the apprentice … Continue reading Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

Spring Budget Boost for Apprenticeships

In early March, chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a spring budget that placed a renewed focus on apprenticeships, FE, and skills development. Key points included a doubling of incentive payments for employers and the announced introduction of “flexi-job” apprenticeships. At-A-Glance Cash incentives will go up to £3,000 for employers who take on an apprentice £7 million … Continue reading Spring Budget Boost for Apprenticeships

EPA External Quality Assurance Transition Extended

There will be an extension to the transition period for moving external quality assurance (EQA) for EPA to Ofqual. End Point Assessment Organisations (EPAOs) now have until July 1st to make a formal application to Ofqual. They will then have until December 16th to complete the recognition process. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education … Continue reading EPA External Quality Assurance Transition Extended