Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is launching a new quality mark to make it easier for employers and learners to know which qualifications will provide the best training route to highly-skilled jobs. IfATE is positioning this as the first step in reversing the national shortage of higher technical skills. In England, only … Continue reading Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Relaunched

One week left to enter your learner. After being postponed back in April, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have rescheduled the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 for this November. The winners are set to be announced via virtual ceremonies taking place throughout the month. Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships at the ESFA, said: “We … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Relaunched

We Are Cyber Essentials Accredited

We are pleased to announce that Instructus Skills is a Cyber Essentials accredited organisation. Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber-attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cybersecurity seriously. This accreditation follows an independently verified self-assessment, during which we assessed ourselves against five basic security controls. These assessments, … Continue reading We Are Cyber Essentials Accredited

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 contact SQA Accreditation and register your … Continue reading Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has launched a consultation on apprenticeship funding bands. To ensure that their proposed solution works for everyone, they need your feedback. This is a follow up to the funding bands survey that IfATE conducted earlier this year. That summary received over 200 responses – you can read … Continue reading IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

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

SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

Can you provide valuable feedback on the future of Project Management training in Scotland? Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is now consulting with stakeholders across the Project Management sector about the new Scottish Apprenticeship for Project Management at SCQF Level 8. As part of this consultation, SDS has launched a survey seeking your feedback. The Project … Continue reading SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

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

National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Postponed

The National Apprenticeship Awards has postponed opening applications for the 2020 cycle. Applications for the 17th annual Apprenticeships award scheme were due to open this Monday, 20th April. In a statement released last week, the government’s National Apprenticeship Awards team said: “In these unprecedented and uniquely challenging times we are writing to let you know … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Postponed