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

Farewell to Frameworks


Today (31st July) marks the formal withdrawal of the remaining English apprenticeship frameworks. Frameworks will continue to be certified for those learners already in training, however, from 1st August any new English apprenticeship starts must be on an apprenticeship Standard. You can find the full list of available Standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships & … Continue reading Farewell to Frameworks

NOS Development and Review 2020


Following last year’s successful National Occupational Standards (NOS) review, Instructus Skills and Skills Development Scotland are once again working together to review and develop a further six NOS suites. To ensure this review is a success, we need your support. Feedback from employers, training providers, awarding bodies, and sector groups from all UK nations will … Continue reading NOS Development and Review 2020

SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback


Can you provide valuable feedback on the future of Project Management training in Scotland? Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is now consulting with stakeholders across the Project Management sector about the new Scottish Apprenticeship for Project Management at SCQF Level 8. As part of this consultation, SDS has launched a survey seeking your feedback. The Project … Continue reading SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

Welsh Government Becomes Issuing Authority for Wales


On the 1st of May 2020, the apprenticeship framework issuing authority role formally transferred to the Welsh Government. This now means that Welsh Ministers can act as an issuing authority for the apprenticeships sector in Wales. The Deregulation Act 2015 gave the Welsh Government the option to issue apprenticeship frameworks. This is in addition to … Continue reading Welsh Government Becomes Issuing Authority for Wales

National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Postponed


The National Apprenticeship Awards has postponed opening applications for the 2020 cycle. Applications for the 17th annual Apprenticeships award scheme were due to open this Monday, 20th April. In a statement released last week, the government’s National Apprenticeship Awards team said: “In these unprecedented and uniquely challenging times we are writing to let you know … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Postponed

Recommendation Survey 2020


In February, we asked our partners and subscribers a simple yes or no question – would you recommend our services? Now that we’ve tallied up the responses, we’re proud to announce that yes – an overwhelming majority of you are happy to recommend us for what we do. Out of an accumulated total of 108 … Continue reading Recommendation Survey 2020

Apprenticeship Training & Furlough


COVID-19 has drastically altered the way that we live and work. As you are aware, the UK Government has taken unprecedented steps to protect employers and employees affected by the virus. Yet while it is clear how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will affect full-time employees, there have been questions about how furlough will affect … Continue reading Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

What is Remote Assessment?


If you already run apprenticeships in your organisation, you may be familiar with some of the problems of on-site assessment. Providing time and space for assessment carries an operational cost. This cost – and the risk to your business – only increases when you’re facilitating recurring visitor appointments. And that’s before you consider the financial … Continue reading What is Remote Assessment?

Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills


Last week the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, unveiled the first budget of the Parliament. Whilst there was not a great deal of news for apprenticeships, we’ve still gathered everything you need to know into one handy guide. It is worth noting that in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the government situation is … Continue reading Budget 2020: Apprenticeships & Skills