Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments

This October saw Instructus Skills celebrate another landmark as we completed our 100th end-point assessment as an EPAO. Whilst this achievement tells you how far our service has come since we started delivering EPA in 2020, the assessment itself wasn’t about us. For Katie Green – the apprentice who took the end-point assessment – the … Continue reading Hard Work Pays Off: Celebrating 100 End-Point Assessments

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

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 Flexibilities Closing End of 2021

Several apprenticeship flexibilities introduced to ease the delivery of apprenticeship training during Covid-19 are due to end at the close of 2021. The Institute first introduced temporary measures in early 2020 to provide continued support to businesses, apprentices, and training providers. These measures have been extended several times since. However, now the Institute plans to … Continue reading Apprenticeship Flexibilities Closing End of 2021

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

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

EPA Flexibilities Survey is Now Live

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (The Institute) has launched a new survey on End Point Assessment (EPA) flexibilities. This survey is aimed at giving a voice to everyone involved in the apprenticeship sector. This means if you’re a training provider, an employer, an apprentice, or an interested party, this survey is for you. … Continue reading EPA Flexibilities Survey is Now Live

Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a new version of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. With Version 4, the ESFA has updated the rules to reflect that, as of 25th February 2021, eligible apprentices can start their End Point Assessment before achieving their functional skills qualifications. This applies where the apprentice … Continue reading Updated Apprenticeship Funding Rules Published

Ofsted to Hold Webinars on Apprenticeship Training Inspections

From April 2021, Ofsted will assume responsibility for the inspection of Level 6 and Level 7 apprenticeship training. This will make Ofsted the sole body for inspecting apprenticeship training at all levels. To ease the change, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), in partnership with Ofsted and the Office for Students, are hosting two … Continue reading Ofsted to Hold Webinars on Apprenticeship Training Inspections