IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands


The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) has announced a review into apprenticeship funding bands with the aim of ensuring that funding is consistent across different standards. The review follows the introduction earlier this year of a new process for determining funding bands. This new process doubled the funding bands available to employers from 15 to 30, … Continue reading IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands

Construction & Digital T Levels Open for Consultation


The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) has opened consultation on T Levels for the Construction and Digital sectors, and needs your feedback. An expert panel has drafted outline content for T Levels in Onsite Construction, Building Services Engineering and Digital Support & Services. Once finalised, the content will be used by awarding bodies to develop technical … Continue reading Construction & Digital T Levels Open for Consultation

Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced


The government has announced a series of Apprenticeship Levy reforms following calls from business leaders for the scheme to be more flexible. These reforms will include additional funds for the development of apprenticeship standards. £90 million of funding will be freed to enable employers to transfer 25% of their apprenticeship funds to employees of businesses … Continue reading Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced

Digital Transformation for Government at CGBT 2018


On 25th September the Central Government Business & Technology (CGBT) Conference 2018 took place at Victoria Park Plaza, London. The event, hosted by Whitehall Media, was an opportunity for Civil Service departments to come together and share best practice in digital transformation. As Instructus Skills has recently taken on responsibility for certificating and issuing apprenticeships … Continue reading Digital Transformation for Government at CGBT 2018

Training Providers Recommend Instructus Skills


The results are in, and it’s safe to say that Instructus Skills is a recommended apprenticeship authority. In August we reached out to Training Providers across the UK to ask a simple yes or no question. If the provider had used our services before, either as Instructus Skills or in our previous guise of Skills … Continue reading Training Providers Recommend Instructus Skills

Final Review for Bidding & Tendering NOS is Live


Thanks to your feedback we have completed consultation on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Bidding & Tendering. The responses came from multiple sectors and have provided valuable insight into how the standards could better reflect the skills in this area that employers need. You can view the revised standards here: Bidding & Tendering NOS … Continue reading Final Review for Bidding & Tendering NOS is Live

Setting Standards for OECD Eurasia


Last week Instructus provided expert guidance at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Eurasia conference in Minsk, Belarus. Our Standards & Qualifications Portfolio Manager Tony Beecher delivered a presentation on occupational standard setting in the business management sector, giving expert comment to support the Belarus government. The session was conducted in Russian and … Continue reading Setting Standards for OECD Eurasia

Instructus to take on Tech Partnership Certification


Following the announcement that the Tech Partnership will be closing in September 2018, we are pleased to announce that we will be taking over the apprenticeship certification activity that the Tech Partnership currently performs. A migration plan has commenced, and from the 1st July 2018 we will be fully responsible for the Tech Partnership’s English … Continue reading Instructus to take on Tech Partnership Certification

ESFA Confirmation: Batch 4/5 Apprenticeship Framework Withdrawal


In January the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) communicated that there would be a delay to upcoming SASE apprenticeship framework withdrawal dates. This related to apprenticeships scheduled for removal in Batches 4 and 5. Last week the ESFA confirmed the following (as per our previous guidance): “We will not be withdrawing the listed frameworks … Continue reading ESFA Confirmation: Batch 4/5 Apprenticeship Framework Withdrawal