Have Your Say: NOS Development 2021


We are once again working with Skills Development Scotland to review a series of National Occupational Standards (NOS) on behalf of the Devolved Nations. These standards underpin a range of skills qualifications, including apprenticeships, and it’s our job to ensure that they remain fit for purpose. To ensure this review is a success, we need … Continue reading Have Your Say: NOS Development 2021

What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships


Set against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the biggest economic contraction in 300 years, you may think that the Autumn Spending Review would have little to offer. Instead, Chancellor Rishi Sunak used today’s announcement to outline spending aimed at getting people back to work – and on to apprenticeships. Of particular note, the Chancellor announced … Continue reading What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships

The Institute Launches 2020 Engagement Survey


The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has launched its annual engagement survey for 2020. If you are in any way involved with UK apprenticeship delivery – whether as an apprentice, an employer, a training provider or an FE institution – the Institute wants your view on its performance over the last 12 … Continue reading The Institute Launches 2020 Engagement Survey

Traineeships Framework & Funding Updated for 2020/21


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published an updated version of the Traineeships Framework for Delivery 2020 to 2021. Available on the GOV.UK site, this document provides policy guidance and claim information for employers and training providers that want to take advantage of the Traineeships employer incentive. The headline figures from the report … Continue reading Traineeships Framework & Funding Updated for 2020/21

National Apprenticeship Awards Final Going Live Online


The rescheduled 2020 National Apprenticeship Awards final will now take place on Wednesday 25th November. The ceremony will be available to view online via a live broadcast. This year’s event, which will be the 17th running of the awards, marks the first time that winners will be recognised in a virtual ceremony. The awards were … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards Final Going Live Online

Apprenticeship Technical Funding Guide Update: November 2020


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have updated the apprenticeship technical funding guide for August 2020. This guide explains how funding will work for apprenticeship standards starting on or after 1st August 2020. It also outlines how the ESFA calculates provider payments. Read more: Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21 The update clarifies how … Continue reading Apprenticeship Technical Funding Guide Update: November 2020

Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021


Last week the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) announced that it will extend apprenticeship flexibilities until “at least the end of March”. The special measures introduced by the Institute back in July related to End Point Assessment, and opened up the number of apprenticeship standards that could be assessed remotely. Click here … Continue reading Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21


The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published updated rules for English apprenticeship funding. The new rules, which explicitly reflect the transition from frameworks to standards, will apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after August 1st 2020. The rules also cover funding arrangements to allow employers to support learners that have been … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?


Do you want to support apprenticeship learning, but are unsure how? Thanks to the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), by taking on a redundant learner you can now support them from mid-apprenticeship to the end of their learning. With so many learners facing redundancy over this turbulent year, the ESFA has launched the Redundancy … Continue reading Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?

Free Webinars: How Industry Placements Could Benefit Your Business


This autumn the Department for Education (DfE) and the Strategic Development Network (SDN) are hosting a series of webinars for employers to look at what industry placements look like across various skills areas. The webinar sessions are free of charge and will give you the chance to hear from employers who are already hosting placements … Continue reading Free Webinars: How Industry Placements Could Benefit Your Business