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

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

ESFA Publishes Apprenticeship Training Guides

Article updated 27/05/2021 to include “The Road to a Quality Apprenticeship Guidance” The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published a series of how-to guides for training providers and employers on delivering high-quality apprenticeships. Training Provider Guide The first guide, which is titled “Provider Guide to Delivering High-Quality Apprenticeships”, is intended for both new … Continue reading ESFA Publishes Apprenticeship Training Guides

Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched

The Government has launched a new consultation on flexible apprenticeships in sectors including agriculture, construction, and the creative industries. The consultation is seeking views from employers on how the proposed new “flexi-job” apprenticeship schemes could work. It launched on the 20th of April. Originally announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak during the Spring Budget, these new … Continue reading Flexible Apprenticeships Consultation Launched

Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published version 5 of the Apprenticeship Funding Rules for 2020/2021. This document outlines the updated rules for apprenticeship funding. To view a summary of the changes in the Apprenticeship Funding Rules Version 5, click here to visit the GOV.UK documentation. These rules are being published following the … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules V5 Published

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

ROATP Refresh Coming in May 2021

This year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is making changes to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (ROATP). The ESFA is aiming to encourage training providers to only register where there is an identified skills need. The changes will also ensure that training providers remaining on the register are the most “skilled and … Continue reading ROATP Refresh Coming in May 2021