Join the Employer Directory and Influence EPA

Do you want to influence the End Point Assessment process? A new Employer Directory is now open and taking applications from professional and employer-led bodies to work on external quality assurance (EQA) for apprenticeship End Point Assessment. By advising on EQA, employers can provide unparalleled insight into how End Point Assessment really works. The Institute … Continue reading Join the Employer Directory and Influence EPA

Apprenticeship Flexibilities Extended to August

With the rise of COVID-19 cases leading to increased restrictions on movement and interaction, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has announced a further extension of apprenticeship flexibilities. These flexibilities will now be in place until the end of August at the earliest. In November, we reported that the Institute was extending … Continue reading Apprenticeship Flexibilities Extended to August

Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021

Last week the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) announced that it will extend apprenticeship flexibilities until “at least the end of March”. The special measures introduced by the Institute back in July related to End Point Assessment, and opened up the number of apprenticeship standards that could be assessed remotely. Click here … Continue reading Institute Extends Apprenticeship Flexibilities to March 2021

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?

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?

Your Guide to Apprenticeships in 2020

Further education has seen a raft of changes over the last few years, and 2020 looks set to herald a few more. With a new decade now underway we’re here with your primer to apprenticeships over the next 12 months. From legislation to awards, we want to help you make the most of the Further … Continue reading Your Guide to Apprenticeships in 2020

The Apprenticeship Levy Explained

You may well have heard of the apprenticeship levy in recent years. However, unless you’re working in the day-to-day of apprenticeship recruitment you may not be completely clear on what it is – or how it affects your business. In this post we’re going to break down: Who has to pay the apprenticeship levy? How … Continue reading The Apprenticeship Levy Explained

SASE Framework Withdrawal: What You Need to Know

You may think that SASE framework withdrawal sounds complicated, but in practice, it should have little effect on your business. So what does it mean? SASE frameworks were the main curriculum of apprenticeship frameworks in England. Following apprenticeship reform, the Education Skills & Funding Agency (ESFA) has replaced these frameworks with new, employer-led Standards. These … Continue reading SASE Framework Withdrawal: What You Need to Know