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

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?

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

National Apprenticeship Awards 2019: It’s Deadline Week

Do you know any employers that are committed to the success of apprenticeships in their organisation? Or perhaps your own apprentice has impressed you with their competence? In either case you should consider making a nomination for the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019 – but you’ll need to get a move on! At 5PM this Friday … Continue reading National Apprenticeship Awards 2019: It’s Deadline Week

Instructus to take on Tech Partnership Certification

Following the announcement that the Tech Partnership will be closing in September 2018, we are pleased to announce that we will be taking over the apprenticeship certification activity that the Tech Partnership currently performs. A migration plan has commenced, and from the 1st July 2018 we will be fully responsible for the Tech Partnership’s English … Continue reading Instructus to take on Tech Partnership Certification

ESFA Confirmation: Batch 4/5 Apprenticeship Framework Withdrawal

In January the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) communicated that there would be a delay to upcoming SASE apprenticeship framework withdrawal dates. This related to apprenticeships scheduled for removal in Batches 4 and 5. Last week the ESFA confirmed the following (as per our previous guidance): “We will not be withdrawing the listed frameworks … Continue reading ESFA Confirmation: Batch 4/5 Apprenticeship Framework Withdrawal

Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure Set to Change

This Wednesday (21st March) the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) updated the funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. In a statement on GOV.UK, the ESFA said: “The Department for Education is reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure. When we moved to 15 funding bands, we expected to see … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure Set to Change

SASE Framework Withdrawal: What You Need to Know

You may think that SASE framework withdrawal sounds complicated, but in practice it should have little affect 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