Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is currently performing a review of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). If your business is involved in SVQ delivery, or if you are a current or past participant of SVQs, this review may be of interest. Click here to visit the research feature. To register your participation you will need to … Continue reading Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

Apprenticeship EQA Moving to Ofqual

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Training (IfATE) have 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). The … 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

What is Remote Assessment?

If you run apprenticeships in your organisation you may already be familiar with the problems of on-site assessment. The time and space needed for on-site assessment carries an operational cost, which multiplies with repeat visits. If circumstances outside of your control force you to make a short-notice cancellation, you may face even greater costs. And … Continue reading What is Remote Assessment?

Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills

Last week the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled the first budget of the Parliament. Whilst there was not a great deal of news for apprenticeships, we’ve still gathered everything you need to know into one handy guide. It is worth noting that in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the government situation is … Continue reading Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills

Free Tool: Apprenticeship Levy Calculator

The Apprenticeship Levy is a valuable fund for helping businesses to access vocational training. Yet as anyone who’s used it can tell you, keeping track of the funds in your account can be a tricky business. What you need is a solution that allows you to accurately plan and forecast your ongoing monthly and annual … Continue reading Free Tool: Apprenticeship Levy Calculator

SASE Framework Withdrawal – Are You Ready?

With SASE framework withdrawal completing on the 31st July 2020, there are now less than six months to go until all English apprenticeships move on to apprenticeship Standards. If you’re wondering how (or even if) this applies to your apprenticeship training, worry not. We’re here to explain what’s happening and what you need to know. … Continue reading SASE Framework Withdrawal – Are You Ready?

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is here and we are delighted that #LookBeyond is the theme this year. We’ve supported apprentices and training providers since 1996 across a wide range of sectors and occupations. One of the most important pieces of feedback we’ve received is that people didn’t realise the possibilities that come with starting an … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2020

How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide

Are you new to apprenticeship management? You may have heard all about the benefits of hiring a fresh-faced learner and training them in the ways of your business – and you may have thought that it could work for you. But where exactly do you start? We know the questions that employers have about training … Continue reading How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide