ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides

The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) has published two new guides for employers and apprentices on initial assessment and how to recognise prior learning. The agency has published the guides in response to sector feedback. What is an initial assessment? Before an apprenticeship begins, the training provider must conduct an initial assessment of the … Continue reading ESFA Publishes New Employer & Apprentice Initial Assessment Guides

Join The Institute’s 2021 Stakeholder Survey

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (The Institute) has launched its 2021 stakeholder survey and would like to hear from you. This is your opportunity to give The Institute feedback on its management of vocational and technical education. Covering everything from Apprenticeships to T-Levels to Higher Technical Qualifications, your response will help The Institute … Continue reading Join The Institute’s 2021 Stakeholder Survey

Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

As of this Monday (1st November 2021), the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy has been reduced from six months to three months. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy share the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment with the Government. This is under an arrangement called ‘co-investment’. For … Continue reading Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

EPA Best Practice Webinar for Training Providers & EPAOs

The ESFA is continuing its series of apprenticeship-focused webinars with an upcoming event covering a topic that’s close to our own hearts – end-point assessment (EPA). The EPA best practice webinar will provide an overview of the ESFA’s new guidance for training providers and EPAOs. This will outline the roles and responsibilities of every party … Continue reading EPA Best Practice Webinar for Training Providers & EPAOs

Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

The Government has extended the claim period of the apprenticeship incentive payment for businesses taking on new apprentices. Businesses can now claim the £3,000 payment up until the end of January 2022. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that he has ringfenced £500m to support people returning to work … Continue reading Apprenticeship Incentive Payments Extended

Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

The final funding claim period for 2020 to 2021 is fast approaching. The window for making a claim will open at 9am on Monday 25th October, with a deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 2nd November. You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds via any of the following: Grant Funded: ESFA Adult … Continue reading Final Funding Claim Period for 2020-2021 Approaching

Scottish Apprenticeship Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now open for the next Scottish Apprenticeship Awards, an annual event that recognises Scotland’s best in work-based learning. The awards are your chance to celebrate the apprentices, employers, and training providers that make you proud of your involvement in apprenticeship training. For the first time this year the awards will also recognise apprentices … Continue reading Scottish Apprenticeship Awards Nominations Open

Your Apprenticeship Management Challenges Revealed

We wanted to understand the different stumbling blocks that you encounter day in, day out with apprenticeship management – and so we asked you to tell us. And from recruitment through to assessment, you mentioned quite a few… With thanks to everyone who completed our recent Audience Survey, here are some of the biggest barriers to … Continue reading Your Apprenticeship Management Challenges Revealed

Your Chance to Define the Business Administrator Standard

The Business Administrator Trailblazer group is reviewing the apprenticeship Standard for Business Administrator (Level 3), and employers are invited to take part. As one of the highest volume apprenticeship Standards, Business Administrator (Level 3) is a popular development route. It’s a valuable role that gives apprentices the opportunity to learn first-hand how the teams and … Continue reading Your Chance to Define the Business Administrator Standard

Apprenticeship Service Webinar: Data Submissions

As announced back in August, this autumn the ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) is holding a series of online sessions aimed at helping you to make the best use of the Apprenticeship Service. The latest Apprenticeship Service webinar for training providers and employer providers will focus on data submissions and the individualised learning record … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Webinar: Data Submissions