ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides


The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has published two new guides for employers and apprentices on initial assessment and how to recognise prior learning. The agency has published the guides in response to sector feedback. What is an initial assessment? Before an apprenticeship begins, the training provider must conduct an initial assessment of the … Continue reading ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides

Join The Institute’s 2021 Stakeholder Survey


The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (The Institute) has launched its 2021 stakeholder survey and would like to hear from you. This is your opportunity to give The Institute feedback on its management of vocational and technical education. Covering everything from Apprenticeships to T-Levels to Higher Technical Qualifications, your response will help The Institute … Continue reading Join The Institute’s 2021 Stakeholder Survey

Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments


This October saw Instructus Skills celebrate another landmark as we completed our 100th end-point assessment as an EPAO. Whilst this achievement tells you how far our service has come since we started delivering EPA in 2020, the assessment itself wasn’t about us. For Katie Green – the apprentice who took the end-point assessment – the … Continue reading Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments

Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced


As of this Monday (1st November 2021), the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy has been reduced from six months to three months. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy share the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment with the Government. This is under an arrangement called ‘co-investment’. For … Continue reading Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

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