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

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 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

Apprenticeship Service Webinar: Data Submissions


As announced back in August, this autumn the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) is holding a series of online sessions aimed at helping you to make the best use of the Apprenticeship Service. The latest Apprenticeship Service webinar for training providers and employer providers will focus on data submissions and the individualised learning record … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Webinar: Data Submissions

ESFA Driving Data Collection for FE Sector


The ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) is encouraging training providers, employer providers, and colleges to take part in a voluntary data collection scheme ahead of this month’s deadline. The data being collected pertains to your staff and vacancies. It is intended to provide an initial view of the sector in order to support future … Continue reading ESFA Driving Data Collection for FE Sector

Business & Administration SVQ Under Review


Instructus Skills are once again working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to review two qualifications for Scotland. The qualifications under review are: SVQ in Business & Administration SQCF Level 5 SVQ in Business & Administration SQCF Level 6 At the most recent stage of the review, we updated the overall structure of these qualifications. Now, we … Continue reading Business & Administration SVQ Under Review