General Election 2019 – Apprenticeships Guide

Unless you’ve been living without an internet connection since the end of October you’ll be well aware that we’re headed for a General Election. As it is, December 12th marks a critical vote for the country. The team here have taken a look at the manifestos from the three main UK parties to see what’s … Continue reading General Election 2019 – Apprenticeships Guide

The Apprenticeship Levy Explained

You may well have heard of the apprenticeship levy in recent years. However, unless you’re working in the day-to-day of apprenticeship recruitment you may not be completely clear on what it is – or how it affects your business. In this post we’re going to break down: Who has to pay the apprenticeship levy? How … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Levy Explained

Developing Digital Skills with Erasmus+

As part of our role shaping skills across the pan-sector, Instructus Skills recently attended the Erasmus+ seminar “Enhancing Digital Competencies in Education and Training”. Larisa Puk, our Standards and Qualifications Coordinator, joined over 70 participants in Tallinn, Estonia from 4th-7th September to identify priorities for digital skills in education and training across Europe. The Estonian … Continue reading Developing Digital Skills with Erasmus+

The Cleaning Services Review 2019

As reported last week Instructus Skills are working with Skills Development Scotland to review the National Occupational Standards for Cleaning Services. This consultation seeks to define the skills that underpin the Cleaning Services job role – and to ensure that this definition is as accurate as possible we need your help. We’ve designed a short … Continue reading The Cleaning Services Review 2019

The Social Marketing Review 2019

As reported last week Instructus Skills are working with Skills Development Scotland to review the National Occupational Standards for Social Marketing. This consultation seeks to define the skills that underpin the Social Marketing job role – and to ensure that this definition is as accurate as possible we need your help. We’ve designed a short … Continue reading The Social Marketing Review 2019

SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have appointed Instructus Skills to deliver a UK-wide standards and frameworks review. Delivery will involve consultation and development of a range of National Occupational Standards (NOS), qualifications and apprenticeships. To ensure that the consultation results are positive it is essential that employers and sector groups provide feedback. Standards & Qualifications Co-ordinator … Continue reading SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner

National Apprenticeship Awards 2019: It’s Deadline Week

Do you know any employers that are committed to the success of apprenticeships in their organisation? Or perhaps your own apprentice has impressed you with their competence? In either case you should consider making a nomination for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 – but you’ll need to get a move on! At 5PM this Friday … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2019: It’s Deadline Week

IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) has announced a review into apprenticeship funding bands with the aim of ensuring that funding is consistent across different standards. The review follows the introduction earlier this year of a new process for determining funding bands. This new process doubled the funding bands available to employers from 15 to 30, … Continue reading IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands

Construction & Digital T Levels Open for Consultation

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) has opened consultation on T Levels for the Construction and Digital sectors, and needs your feedback. An expert panel has drafted outline content for T Levels in Onsite Construction, Building Services Engineering and Digital Support & Services. Once finalised, the content will be used by awarding bodies to develop technical … Continue reading Construction & Digital T Levels Open for Consultation

Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced

The government has announced a series of Apprenticeship Levy reforms following calls from business leaders for the scheme to be more flexible. These reforms will include additional funds for the development of apprenticeship standards. £90 million of funding will be freed to enable employers to transfer 25% of their apprenticeship funds to employees of businesses … Continue reading Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced