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

Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond


September saw the UK Government launch incentives and packages in support of apprenticeship training. With so much to absorb, we’ve rounded up the headlines to help you better understand how an apprenticeship could benefit your business. Plan for Jobs Scheme Launched In the most significant boost for apprenticeships, September saw the launch of the government’s … Continue reading Apprenticeship Benefits for 2020 & Beyond

2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced


Attention all training providers – the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that the final claim period for 2019-2020 learner funding will open on Monday 26th October. This service is for training providers that receive funding directly from the ESFA. You must use the Submit Learner Data portal to submit your claim. This … Continue reading 2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

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 register your participation you will need to … 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