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

Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

From June, End-Point Assessment standards will become subject to embedded version controls. Once in place, these versions will clearly identify where any apprenticeship standards have been updated or amended. This will help ensure that the apprentice is graded according to the correct criteria for their standard, and receive the correct certification. It’s another step to … Continue reading Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Since 1st April, English employers have managed their apprenticeships via the Government’s Manage Apprenticeships scheme. With this change, employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3 million have been able to use the Apprenticeship Service for the first time. This means that employers of any size can now register an account and gain … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

As of June 2021, businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice. This cash incentive is available for all apprentices hired between the 1st of April and the 30th of September. This funding is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help employers invest in training and build workforce skills. It is … Continue reading Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

A Flexible, Robust End Point Assessment Organisation

As an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), we’ve aimed to differentiate ourselves by the service we provide. And if you ask our clients, we’ve achieved this via our apprentice-first approach and the ease and flexibility of our remote assessment service. Both of these features have come to the fore during the challenging times of the … Continue reading A Flexible, Robust End Point Assessment Organisation

The Real-Life Apprenticeship Experience

So far this National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve looked at the status of apprenticeship training, and at how Davidson Training has adapted to remote delivery. Now let’s talk about the important bit – the apprenticeship experience. Adeel, Samira, and Katie have all recently passed End Point Assessment for Business Administrator. They’ve taken the time to tell … Continue reading The Real-Life Apprenticeship Experience

Achieving Training Excellence

The last year has seen unprecedented changes to how we all do our work. As you would expect, apprenticeships have been no exception to these challenges. Yet despite the uncertainty of the last 12 months, training provider Davidson Training has continued to make apprenticeships work – and even earned a Grade 1 (“Outstanding”) rating from … Continue reading Achieving Training Excellence

Recognising the Right Education

To kick off our celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, Andrew Hammond, CEO of the Instructus Group, shares his thoughts on changing the perception of apprenticeship training.  I make no apology for not making detailed comment on the recent Skills for Jobs white paper and for not using the language of the education sector. This … Continue reading Recognising the Right Education

Join the Employer Directory and Influence EPA

Do you want to influence the End Point Assessment process? A new Employer Directory is now open and taking applications from professional and employer-led bodies to work on external quality assurance (EQA) for apprenticeship End Point Assessment. By advising on EQA, employers can provide unparalleled insight into how End Point Assessment really works. The Institute … Continue reading Join the Employer Directory and Influence EPA

Can You Nominate A Deserving Healthcare Apprentice?

The 2021 Advancing Healthcare Awards have launched – and there’s a special award on the cards for one deserving healthcare apprentice. Few of us can imagine how difficult the last year has been for those working in healthcare. For apprentices, joining the profession during the COVID-19 pandemic would have been a trial by fire, and … Continue reading Can You Nominate A Deserving Healthcare Apprentice?