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

Revised NOS for Surveying, Revenue & Benefits


Instructus Skills, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, have completed consultation on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Surveying and Administration of Local Revenues & Benefits. Following responses from multiple sectors that have provided valuable insight into how the standards could better reflect the skills that employers need, the NOS have been updated and are … Continue reading Revised NOS for Surveying, Revenue & Benefits

UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2019


With the arrival of summer, it appears that the awards nomination season is getting into full swing. Joining the recent call for entries for the National Apprenticeship Awards and the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards have also now opened for nominations. These awards, hosted by the Institute of Customer Service, recognise organisations … Continue reading UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2019

Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018 Are Open


The Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018 are now open for nominations. The annual awards ceremony, which is run by Skills Development Scotland and now in its 17th year, brings together apprentices, training providers and employers from across Scotland to celebrate the contribution that apprenticeships make to the economy. This year sees the debut of several new awards, … Continue reading Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2018 Are Open

Institute for Apprenticeships Appoints New Directors


The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) today announced that it has appointed two new non-executive directors to its Board, as Jessica Leigh Jones and Professor Malcolm Press prepare to start five-year terms on June 1st 2018. The IFA, which approves and supports the development of apprenticeship standards and assessments, advertised for senior figures with a background … Continue reading Institute for Apprenticeships Appoints New Directors

NAA 2018: Is Your Apprentice Worthy?


Is your apprentice worthy of an award? With the National Apprenticeship Awards 2018 now open for entries, it’s time to find out… Now in its 15th year, the awards are the largest and most prestigious celebration of apprentices and apprentice employers across the country. This year there are several new categories to demonstrate even more … Continue reading NAA 2018: Is Your Apprentice Worthy?

SASW Welsh Apprenticeship Framework Updates: April 2018


In partnership with Awarding Organisations and employers, we have issued revised SASW frameworks on the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO) website. The list of updated apprenticeships is below. Click the apprenticeship title to view the respective framework on the AFO website. SASW Welsh Apprenticeship Framework Updates: April 2018 As the UK’s largest skills sector body covering … Continue reading SASW Welsh Apprenticeship Framework Updates: April 2018

Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure Set to Change


This Wednesday (21st March) the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) updated the funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. In a statement on GOV.UK, the ESFA said: “The Department for Education is reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure. When we moved to 15 funding bands, we expected to see … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure Set to Change

What We’ve Learned From National Apprenticeship Week 2018


National Apprenticeship Week 2018 has been a huge promotional success for apprenticeships in the UK, with the event earning coverage across national TV and press, as well as across several news and educational industry sites. In addition to publishing our own apprenticeship case studies (more on these below), we’ve also rounded up some of the … Continue reading What We’ve Learned From National Apprenticeship Week 2018

Committed to Making Apprenticeships Work


This week marks the 11th National Apprenticeship Week; something that you may already have noticed from the proliferation of #NAW2018 tags on social media today. During the week, apprentices and employers across the UK are celebrating the success of apprenticeships as a way of opening career pathways, developing skills and going further in life. It’s … Continue reading Committed to Making Apprenticeships Work