Help Needed: Business & Administration MA Under Review


We are proud to once again be working with Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to review two Modern Apprenticeship frameworks in Business and Administration. To ensure that these frameworks are the best they can be, we need your help. The apprenticeship frameworks under consultation are: Business and Administration SCQF Level 5 Business and Administration SCQF Level … Continue reading Help Needed: Business & Administration MA Under Review

Housing Practice Apprenticeship Framework Under Review


We are working with Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Sectoral Partnership to review and update the Level 3 Housing Practice apprenticeship framework. If you work in the Housing industry, we would appreciate any insight you can give into how this apprenticeship works. This review aims to identify how the Housing industry can make the … Continue reading Housing Practice Apprenticeship Framework Under Review

Don’t Miss Another FE Grant Opportunity


Grants for Further Education can give an individual the opportunity to change their life through vocational training, no matter where they start. Yet, as many training providers can tell you, accessing these grants isn’t always as straightforward as it could be. To help remedy this, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are looking for … Continue reading Don’t Miss Another FE Grant Opportunity

7 Apprenticeship Flexibilities Retained For 2022


As reported in August, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has now finalised the seven apprenticeship flexibilities that it will keep in place for 2022. Apprenticeship flexibilities are measures that the Institute introduced to help support apprenticeship training during the initial impact of Covid-19. These flexibilities were due to expire at the … Continue reading 7 Apprenticeship Flexibilities Retained For 2022

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated For 2021/2022


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published Version 2 of the apprenticeship funding rules for 2021 to 2022. These documents set out the rules around apprenticeship funding for all apprenticeships starting from 1st August 2021. With Version 2, the ESFA has updated the rules to reflect how these have changed with regard to … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated For 2021/2022

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