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

Operational Update: Coronavirus (March 2020)


UPDATED 25/03/20: Following continuous communication with regulators and stakeholders, we have this week implemented remote working across all operational roles. Despite this, we would like to reassure you that we are, and will continue to be, fully operational during this challenging time. ORIGINAL UPDATE 16/03/20: In light of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Instructus has decided … Continue reading Operational Update: Coronavirus (March 2020)

What is End Point Assessment Gateway?


The introduction of End Point Assessment has brought many changes to the apprenticeship process. One new part of the learner journey is the Gateway process – and it’s something that a lot of employers have questions about. This guide will outline what End Point Assessment Gateway is, how it works, and what you can do … Continue reading What is End Point Assessment Gateway?

The End Point Assessment Process Explained


Whether your business is just starting out with apprenticeships or well experienced when it comes to vocational training, the End Point Assessment process is new for everyone. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to everything that you need to know about the end of your learner’s apprenticeship. From triggering Gateway to receiving … Continue reading The End Point Assessment Process Explained

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