Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

This August, the ESFA has made some updates to the Apprenticeship Service to improve how it works for you and your learners. First launched in April, the Apprenticeship Service is the online portal allowing training providers, employers – and now apprentices – to better manage their apprenticeships. If all this is new to you, read … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

Apprenticeship Flexibilities Closing End of 2021

Several apprenticeship flexibilities introduced to ease the delivery of apprenticeship training during Covid-19 are due to end at the close of 2021. The Institute first introduced temporary measures in early 2020 to provide continued support to businesses, apprentices, and training providers. These measures have been extended several times since. However, now the Institute plans to … Continue reading Apprenticeship Flexibilities Closing End of 2021

Apprenticeship Service Webinars Starting in August

The Apprenticeship Service is holding a series of webinars to help you better understand how the service works for you. Starting August 11th, these webinars are aimed at employers, training providers, employers providers, intermediaries, and any other individual with an interest in how apprenticeships work. The Apprenticeship Service has a range of subject matter experts … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Webinars Starting in August

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