National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Relaunched

One week left to enter your learner. After being postponed back in April, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have rescheduled the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 for this November. The winners are set to be announced via virtual ceremonies taking place throughout the month. Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships at the ESFA, said: “We … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 Relaunched

Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is currently performing a review of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). If your business is involved in SVQ delivery, or if you are a current or past participant of SVQs, this review may be of interest. Click here to visit the research feature → To contact SQA Accreditation and register your … Continue reading Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has launched a consultation on apprenticeship funding bands. To ensure that their proposed solution works for everyone, they need your feedback. This is a follow up to the funding bands survey that IfATE conducted earlier this year. That summary received over 200 responses – you can read … Continue reading IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

Apprenticeship EQA Moving to Ofqual

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Training (IfATE) have confirmed that External Quality Assurance (EQA) for apprenticeships will move to Ofqual.   The transition, announced on August 4th, is planned to take place over the next two years.   EQA for integrated higher and degree apprenticeships will move to the Office for Students (OfS). The … Continue reading Apprenticeship EQA Moving to Ofqual

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

NOS Development and Review 2020

Following last year’s successful National Occupational Standards (NOS) review, Instructus Skills and Skills Development Scotland are once again working together to review and develop a further six NOS suites. To ensure this review is a success, we need your support. Feedback from employers, training providers, awarding bodies, and sector groups from all UK nations will … Continue reading NOS Development and Review 2020

SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

Can you provide valuable feedback on the future of Project Management training in Scotland? Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is now consulting with stakeholders across the Project Management sector about the new Scottish Apprenticeship for Project Management at SCQF Level 8. As part of this consultation, SDS has launched a survey seeking your feedback. The Project … Continue reading SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

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