EPA Best Practice Webinar for Training Providers & EPAOs

The ESFA is continuing its series of apprenticeship-focused webinars with an upcoming event covering a topic that’s close to our own hearts – end-point assessment (EPA). The EPA best practice webinar will provide an overview of the ESFA’s new guidance for training providers and EPAOs. This will outline the roles and responsibilities of every party … Continue reading EPA Best Practice Webinar for Training Providers & EPAOs

Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

The Government has extended the claim period of the apprenticeship incentive payment for businesses taking on new apprentices. Businesses can now claim the £3,000 payment up until the end of January 2022. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that he has ringfenced £500m to support people returning to work … Continue reading Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

Scottish Apprenticeship Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the next Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, an annual event that recognises Scotland’s best in work-based learning. The awards are your chance to celebrate the apprentices, employers, and training providers that make you proud of your involvement in apprenticeship training. For the first time this year the awards will also recognise apprentices … Continue reading Scottish Apprenticeship Awards Nominations Open

Your Apprenticeship Management Challenges Revealed

We wanted to understand the different stumbling blocks that you encounter day in, day out with apprenticeship management – and so we asked you to tell us. And from recruitment through to assessment, you mentioned quite a few… With thanks to everyone who completed our recent Audience Survey, here are some of the biggest barriers to … Continue reading Your Apprenticeship Management Challenges Revealed

Your Chance to Define the Business Administrator Standard

The Business Administrator Trailblazer group is reviewing the apprenticeship Standard for Business Administrator (Level 3), and employers are invited to take part. As one of the highest volume apprenticeship Standards, Business Administrator (Level 3) is a popular development route. It’s a valuable role that gives apprentices the opportunity to learn first-hand how the teams and … Continue reading Your Chance to Define the Business Administrator Standard

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