Farewell to Frameworks


Today (31st July) marks the formal withdrawal of the remaining English apprenticeship frameworks. Frameworks will continue to be certified for those learners already in training, however, from 1st August any new English apprenticeship starts must be on an apprenticeship Standard. You can find the full list of available Standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships & … Continue reading Farewell to Frameworks

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

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

COVID-19 Guidance


Ongoing Guidance for Employers & Training Providers Last updated: 01/06/2020 Many of you have reached out to enquire how we will continue to certify and assess during this difficult period. For your convenience, we have summarised the information below. We will update this page regularly with forthcoming information and an FAQ. Please add it to … Continue reading COVID-19 Guidance

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?

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?

How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide


Are you new to apprenticeship management? You may have heard all about the benefits of hiring a fresh-faced learner and training them in the ways of your business – and you may have thought that it could work for you. But where exactly do you start? We know the questions that employers have about training … Continue reading How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide

Participation in Adult Learning Falls to Record Low


According to research by the Learning and Work Institute, the number of adults in learning has dropped by 3.8 million since 2010. The Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019 was carried out by the Learning and Work Institute and funded by the Department for Education. The results drew on a national representative survey of 5,000 … Continue reading Participation in Adult Learning Falls to Record Low