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

Recommendation Survey 2020

In February, we asked our partners and subscribers a simple yes or no question – would you recommend our services? Now that we’ve tallied up the responses, we’re proud to announce that yes – an overwhelming majority of you are happy to recommend us for what we do. Out of an accumulated total of 108 … Continue reading Recommendation Survey 2020

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