Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

COVID-19 has drastically altered the way that we live and work. As you are aware, the UK Government has taken unprecedented steps to protect employers and employees affected by the virus. Yet while it is clear how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will affect full-time employees, there have been questions about how furlough will affect … Continue reading Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

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

Operational Update: Coronavirus (March 2020)

UPDATED 25/03/20: Following continuous communication with regulators and stakeholders, we have this week implemented remote working across all operational roles. Despite this, we would like to reassure you that we are, and will continue to be, fully operational during this challenging time. ORIGINAL UPDATE 16/03/20: In light of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Instructus has decided … Continue reading Operational Update: Coronavirus (March 2020)

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?

Participation in Adult Learning Falls to Record Low

According to research by the Learning and Work Institute, the number of adults in learning has dropped by 3.8 million since 2010. The Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019 was carried out by the Learning and Work Institute and funded by the Department for Education. The results drew on a national representative survey of 5,000 … Continue reading Participation in Adult Learning Falls to Record Low

Employers Needed for Government Case Studies

You may know us more for our role in apprenticeships, but as a skills sector body we recognise the need for employers to engage with vocational development at all levels. T Levels, the vocational equivalent of A Levels, are one way in which the Government has aimed to decrease the skills gap and create more … Continue reading Employers Needed for Government Case Studies

We Are Certified Grade One

It’s official: Instructus Skills are a Grade One certification body for the third year running. This November we were assessed by FISSS (the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards) – the federation that allows us to operate as a certificating body – and were found to be operating at the highest level. It’s up … Continue reading We Are Certified Grade One

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

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