Free Tool: Apprenticeship Levy Calculator


The Apprenticeship Levy is a valuable fund for helping businesses to access vocational training. Yet as anyone who’s used it can tell you, keeping track of the funds in your account can be a tricky business. What you need is a solution that allows you to accurately plan and forecast your ongoing monthly and annual … Continue reading Free Tool: Apprenticeship Levy Calculator

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?

National Apprenticeship Week 2020


National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is here and we are delighted that #LookBeyond is the theme this year. We’ve supported apprentices and training providers since 1996 across a wide range of sectors and occupations. One of the most important pieces of feedback we’ve received is that people didn’t realise the possibilities that come with starting an … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2020

NOS Consultations – Feedback Needed for Phase 2


Do you have any experience of training in either Social Marketing or Cleaning & Support Services? If so, we need your input for the next stage of NOS consultations. Instructus Skills and Skills Development Scotland are working together to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for these disciplines to ensure that learners are developing the … Continue reading NOS Consultations – Feedback Needed for Phase 2

How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide


Are you new to apprenticeship management? You may have heard all about the benefits of hiring a fresh-faced learner and training them in the ways of your business – and you may have thought that it could work for you. But where exactly do you start? We know the questions that employers have about training … Continue reading How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide

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

Your Guide to Apprenticeships in 2020


Further education has seen a raft of changes over the last few years, and 2020 looks set to herald a few more. With a new decade now underway we’re here with your primer to apprenticeships over the next 12 months. From legislation to awards, we want to help you make the most of the Further … Continue reading Your Guide to Apprenticeships in 2020

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

NOS & Apprenticeship Framework Demand 2020-21


Instructus Skills and Skills Development Scotland are working together to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Apprenticeship Frameworks for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. To do this, we need your help. If you have experience of working with NOS or Apprenticeship Frameworks we want to know what you think. We simply need your view on … Continue reading NOS & Apprenticeship Framework Demand 2020-21

We Are Certified Grade One


It’s official: Instructus Skills are a Grade One certification body for the third year running. This November we were assessed by FISSS (the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards) – the federation that allows us to operate as a certificating body – and were found to be operating at the highest level. It’s up … Continue reading We Are Certified Grade One