Apprenticeship Technical Funding Guide Update: November 2020

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have updated the apprenticeship technical funding guide for August 2020. This guide explains how funding will work for apprenticeship standards starting on or after 1st August 2020. It also outlines how the ESFA calculates provider payments. Read more: Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21 The update clarifies how … Continue reading Apprenticeship Technical Funding Guide Update: November 2020

Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021

Last week the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) announced that it will extend apprenticeship flexibilities until “at least the end of March”. The special measures introduced by the Institute back in July related to End Point Assessment, and opened up the number of apprenticeship standards that could be assessed remotely. Click here … Continue reading Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published updated rules for English apprenticeship funding. The new rules, which explicitly reflect the transition from frameworks to standards, will apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after August 1st 2020. The rules also cover funding arrangements to allow employers to support learners that have been … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond

September saw the UK Government launch incentives and packages in support of apprenticeship training. With so much to absorb, we’ve rounded up the headlines to help you better understand how an apprenticeship could benefit your business. Plan for Jobs Scheme Launched In the most significant boost for apprenticeships, September saw the launch of the government’s … Continue reading Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond

2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Attention all training providers – the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that the final claim period for 2019-2020 learner funding will open on Monday 26th October. This service is for training providers that receive funding directly from the ESFA. You must use the Submit Learner Data portal to submit your claim. This … Continue reading 2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is launching a new quality mark to make it easier for employers and learners to know which qualifications will provide the best training route to highly-skilled jobs. IfATE is positioning this as the first step in reversing the national shortage of higher technical skills. In England, only … Continue reading Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

We Are Cyber Essentials Accredited

We are pleased to announce that Instructus Skills is a Cyber Essentials accredited organisation. Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber-attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cybersecurity seriously. This accreditation follows an independently verified self-assessment, during which we assessed ourselves against five basic security controls. These assessments, … Continue reading We Are Cyber Essentials Accredited

Apprenticeship EQA Moving to Ofqual

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (the Institute) has confirmed that External Quality Assurance (EQA) for apprenticeships will move to Ofqual.   The transition, announced on August 4th, is planned to take place over the next two years.   EQA for integrated higher and degree apprenticeships will move to the Office for Students (OfS). … Continue reading Apprenticeship EQA Moving to Ofqual

Farewell to Frameworks

Today (31st July) marks the formal withdrawal of the remaining English apprenticeship frameworks. Frameworks will continue to be certified for those learners already in training, however, from 1st August any new English apprenticeship starts must be on an apprenticeship Standard. You can find the full list of available Standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships & … Continue reading Farewell to Frameworks

Welsh Government Becomes Issuing Authority for Wales

On the 1st of May 2020, the apprenticeship framework issuing authority role formally transferred to the Welsh Government. This now means that Welsh Ministers can act as an issuing authority for the apprenticeships sector in Wales. The Deregulation Act 2015 gave the Welsh Government the option to issue apprenticeship frameworks. This is in addition to … Continue reading Welsh Government Becomes Issuing Authority for Wales