Don’t Miss Another FE Grant Opportunity

Grants for Further Education can give an individual the opportunity to change their life through vocational training, no matter where they start. Yet, as many training providers can tell you, accessing these grants isn’t always as straightforward as it could be. To help remedy this, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are looking for … Continue reading Don’t Miss Another FE Grant Opportunity

7 Apprenticeship Flexibilities Retained For 2022

As reported in August, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has now finalised the seven apprenticeship flexibilities that it will keep in place for 2022. Apprenticeship flexibilities are measures that the Institute introduced to help support apprenticeship training during the initial impact of Covid-19. These flexibilities were due to expire at the … Continue reading 7 Apprenticeship Flexibilities Retained For 2022

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated For 2021/2022

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published Version 2 of the apprenticeship funding rules for 2021 to 2022. These documents set out the rules around apprenticeship funding for all apprenticeships starting from 1st August 2021. With Version 2, the ESFA has updated the rules to reflect how these have changed with regard to … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated For 2021/2022

ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides

The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has published two new guides for employers and apprentices on initial assessment and how to recognise prior learning. The agency has published the guides in response to sector feedback. What is an initial assessment? Before an apprenticeship begins, the training provider must conduct an initial assessment of the … Continue reading ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides

Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments

This October saw Instructus Skills celebrate another landmark as we completed our 100th end-point assessment as an EPAO. Whilst this achievement tells you how far our service has come since we started delivering EPA in 2020, the assessment itself wasn’t about us. For Katie Green – the apprentice who took the end-point assessment – the … Continue reading Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments

Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

As of this Monday (1st November 2021), the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy has been reduced from six months to three months. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy share the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment with the Government. This is under an arrangement called ‘co-investment’. For … Continue reading Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

New ESFA Webinar on Initial Assessment

The ESFA’s apprenticeship webinar series continues this November with a training provider-focused event on Initial Assessment to Recognise Prior Learning. The webinar will cover: The importance of initial assessment prior to commencing an apprenticeship How newly-published guidance can help you with initial assessment and recognition of prior learning The webinar will be hosted by ESFA … Continue reading New ESFA Webinar on Initial Assessment

Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

The final funding claim period for 2020 to 2021 is fast approaching. The window for making a claim will open at 9am on Monday 25th October, with a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 2nd November. You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds via any of the following: Grant Funded: ESFA Adult … Continue reading Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

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 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