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 run apprenticeships in your organisation you may already be familiar with the problems of on-site assessment. The time and space needed for on-site assessment carries an operational cost, which multiplies with repeat visits. If circumstances outside of your control force you to make a short-notice cancellation, you may face even greater costs. And … 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)

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

SASE Framework Withdrawal – Are You Ready?


With SASE framework withdrawal completing on the 31st July 2020, there are now less than six months to go until all English apprenticeships move on to apprenticeship Standards. If you’re wondering how (or even if) this applies to your apprenticeship training, worry not. We’re here to explain what’s happening and what you need to know. … Continue reading SASE Framework Withdrawal – Are You Ready?

National Apprenticeship Week 2020


National Apprenticeship Week 2020 is here and we are delighted that #LookBeyond is the theme this year. We’ve supported apprentices and training providers since 1996 across a wide range of sectors and occupations. One of the most important pieces of feedback we’ve received is that people didn’t realise the possibilities that come with starting an … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Week 2020

NOS Consultations – Feedback Needed for Phase 2


Do you have any experience of training in either Social Marketing or Cleaning & Support Services? If so, we need your input for the next stage of NOS consultations. Instructus Skills and Skills Development Scotland are working together to review the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for these disciplines to ensure that learners are developing the … Continue reading NOS Consultations – Feedback Needed for Phase 2