The Apprenticeship Levy Explained


You may well have heard of the apprenticeship levy in recent years. However, unless you’re working in the day-to-day of apprenticeship recruitment you may not be completely clear on what it is – or how it affects your business. In this post we’re going to break down: Who has to pay the apprenticeship levy? How … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Levy Explained

What Makes Great End Point Assessment?


When you’re developing a great End Point Assessment (EPA) service it can be easy to get lost in the detail. Our development teams have focused on their own areas of expertise, infusing our service with skill and experience. Even so, we’ve kept in touch to ensure that everything’s heading in the same direction. Whether it’s … Continue reading What Makes Great End Point Assessment?

Developing Digital Skills with Erasmus+


As part of our role shaping skills across the pan-sector, Instructus Skills recently attended the Erasmus+ seminar “Enhancing Digital Competencies in Education and Training”. Larisa Puk, our Standards and Qualifications Coordinator, joined over 70 participants in Tallinn, Estonia from 4th-7th September to identify priorities for digital skills in education and training across Europe. The Estonian … Continue reading Developing Digital Skills with Erasmus+

The Cleaning Services Review 2019


As reported last week Instructus Skills are working with Skills Development Scotland to review the National Occupational Standards for Cleaning Services. This consultation seeks to define the skills that underpin the Cleaning Services job role – and to ensure that this definition is as accurate as possible we need your help. We’ve designed a short … Continue reading The Cleaning Services Review 2019

The Social Marketing Review 2019


As reported last week Instructus Skills are working with Skills Development Scotland to review the National Occupational Standards for Social Marketing. This consultation seeks to define the skills that underpin the Social Marketing job role – and to ensure that this definition is as accurate as possible we need your help. We’ve designed a short … Continue reading The Social Marketing Review 2019

SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner


Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have appointed Instructus Skills to deliver a UK-wide standards and frameworks review. Delivery will involve consultation and development of a range of National Occupational Standards (NOS), qualifications and apprenticeships. To ensure that the consultation results are positive it is essential that employers and sector groups provide feedback. Standards & Qualifications Co-ordinator … Continue reading SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner

Apprenticeship Funding Rules – Changes Incoming


You may be aware that in August 2018 changes were made to the current Apprenticeship Funding rules which will have an affect on existing SASE Higher frameworks. Learners undertaking a Level 3 or Higher Apprenticeship are now required to either hold or achieve a Level 2 or equivalent in English and Maths. Additionally, at least … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules – Changes Incoming

Our Team Leader EPA Joins the YPO


If you’re a public sector organisation you can now access our Team Leader End Point Assessment service through the YPO. As a procurement service that works for a variety of public sector organisations, the YPO combines requirements to secure a better price for services than you may be able to find alone. What’s more, as … Continue reading Our Team Leader EPA Joins the YPO

What You Need to Know About Your EPAO


Apprenticeships – What’s Changed? With the advent of End Point Assessment, apprenticeships in England have changed for good. Under the old frameworks system (many of which we helped to develop), training providers would assess an apprentice’s competency along a linear path. Yet many employers found that this system created a gap between what the apprentice … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Your EPAO

Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2019: Nominations Close Next Week


Nominations for the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2019 are now open! Why not nominate your apprentice today? The Scottish Apprentice Awards, run by Skills Development Scotland, are now in their 18th year of celebrations. Skills Development Scotland focus on “setting people up for success in their careers” and by running the event, apprentices, employers and training … Continue reading Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2019: Nominations Close Next Week