Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment


From June, End-Point Assessment standards will become subject to embedded version controls. Once in place, these versions will clearly identify where any apprenticeship standards have been updated or amended. This will help ensure that the apprentice is graded according to the correct criteria for their standard, and receive the correct certification. It’s another step to … Continue reading Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

National Apprenticeship Awards 2021 Opening for Entries


The National Apprenticeship Awards are returning in 2021 for the 18th running of the annual ceremony. Run by the National Apprenticeship Service, the awards are an opportunity to recognise the apprentices, employers, and apprenticeship champions that have made vocational training a success. The awards are free to enter, with the entry period opening on 5th … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2021 Opening for Entries

The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide


Since 1st April, English employers have managed their apprenticeships via the Government’s Manage Apprenticeships scheme. With this change, employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3 million have been able to use the Apprenticeship Service for the first time. This means that employers of any size can now register an account and gain … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live


As of June 2021, businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice. This cash incentive is available for all apprentices hired between the 1st of April and the 30th of September. This funding is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help employers invest in training and build workforce skills. It is … Continue reading Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

New Guidance for Returning Apprentices


The Quality Alliance has published new guidance aimed at supporting apprentices following the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. This guidance is intended for training providers, employers, and apprentices. The Quality Alliance has produced the guidance to ensure that affected apprentices receive adequate support following their return to work and training. Taking the form of a … Continue reading New Guidance for Returning Apprentices

Survey Closing: Recognition of Prior Learning


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is seeking feedback on a current piece of apprenticeship guidance, and the deadline is fast approaching. The guidance – Apprenticeships: Recognition of Prior Learning – provides information about the need for initial assessment (IA) and recognition of prior learning (PL) at the commencement of an apprenticeship. It is … Continue reading Survey Closing: Recognition of Prior Learning

Join the 2021 Standards Consultation


We are once again working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to run consultations on a range of pan-sector training standards. As always, we want to hear from as many working professionals as possible – which could include you. The standards up for review fall under several qualification types. National Occupational Standards (NOS) Business Enterprise Cleaning … Continue reading Join the 2021 Standards Consultation

ESFA Publishes Apprenticeship Training Guides


Article updated 27/05/2021 to include “The Road to a Quality Apprenticeship Guidance” The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a series of how-to guides for training providers and employers on delivering high-quality apprenticeships. Training Provider Guide The first guide, which is titled “Provider Guide to Delivering High-Quality Apprenticeships”, is intended for both new … Continue reading ESFA Publishes Apprenticeship Training Guides

Survey: Learning and Development NOS Consultation


Our colleagues at CLD Standards Council Scotland are currently reviewing the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Learning and Development, and they need your feedback. The Learning and Development NOS underpin the assessor and verifier qualifications in Scotland, the SVQs in Learning and Development, and the TAQA assessor qualifications for the rest of the UK. Therefore, … Continue reading Survey: Learning and Development NOS Consultation

Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched


The Government has launched a new consultation on flexible apprenticeships in sectors including agriculture, construction, and the creative industries. The consultation is seeking views from employers on how the proposed new “flexi-job” apprenticeship schemes could work. It launched on the 20th of April. Originally announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak during the Spring Budget, these new … Continue reading Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched