Deadline: National Apprenticeship Awards Nominations

Updated: The National Apprenticeship Awards team have extended the deadline to 5pm on Friday 30th July. The article has been updated to reflect this. Do you know of apprentices, employers, or apprenticeship champions that deserve recognition for their work? You can still make nominations for the 2021 National Apprenticeship Awards – but time is running … Continue reading Deadline: National Apprenticeship Awards Nominations

Have Your Say on Degree Apprenticeships

Do you have views on how degree apprenticeships are developed and approved? Are you in a position to give feedback on how they work in practice? If so, you now have the opportunity to have your say. This month the Institute has proposed a series of developments for degree apprenticeships, and now they want to … Continue reading Have Your Say on Degree Apprenticeships

How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

Applications for the new apprenticeship incentive grant are now open. The grant is available to all apprentices with a start date between 1st April and 30th September 2021. It is also available to apprentices that have a practical training start date between 1st April and 30th November 2021. What is the incentive grant? With the … Continue reading How To Apply for the Apprentice Incentive Grant

FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

The ESFA has extended the deadline of a survey reviewing FE funding rates. The survey – which is now open until Friday 30th July – asks FE training providers to give their view on whether current funding rates are suitable for supporting “high cost and high value” training provision. In a statement the ESFA said: … Continue reading FE Funding Rates Survey: Deadline Extended

ESFA Communities to Replace FEconnect

If you’re a Further Education or training provider, you may well be familiar with FEconnect. However, now it’s time to familiarise yourself with its successor, ESFA Communities. As an online forum for funding and data issues in apprenticeships and Further Education, FEconnect provided a community space for professionals in the sector. However, this forum – … Continue reading ESFA Communities to Replace FEconnect

Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

From June, End-Point Assessment standards will become subject to embedded version controls. Once in place, these versions will clearly identify where any apprenticeship standards have been updated or amended. This will help ensure that the apprentice is graded according to the correct criteria for their standard, and receive the correct certification. It’s another step to … Continue reading Standard Versions Launched for End-Point Assessment

The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Since 1st April, English employers have managed their apprenticeships via the Government’s Manage Apprenticeships scheme. With this change, employers with an annual pay bill of less than £3 million have been able to use the Apprenticeship Service for the first time. This means that employers of any size can now register an account and gain … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Service: An Employer’s Guide

Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

As of June 2021, businesses can claim £3000 for each new apprentice. This cash incentive is available for all apprentices hired between the 1st of April and the 30th of September. This funding is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, which aims to help employers invest in training and build workforce skills. It is … Continue reading Apprenticeship Cash Incentives Now Live

New Guidance for Returning Apprentices

The Quality Alliance has published new guidance aimed at supporting apprentices following the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic. This guidance is intended for training providers, employers, and apprentices. The Quality Alliance has produced the guidance to ensure that affected apprentices receive adequate support following their return to work and training. Taking the form of a … Continue reading New Guidance for Returning Apprentices

Survey Closing: Recognition of Prior Learning

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is seeking feedback on a current piece of apprenticeship guidance, and the deadline is fast approaching. The guidance – Apprenticeships: Recognition of Prior Learning – provides information about the need for initial assessment (IA) and recognition of prior learning (PL) at the commencement of an apprenticeship. It is … Continue reading Survey Closing: Recognition of Prior Learning