Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

As of this Monday (1st November 2021), the reservation period for employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy has been reduced from six months to three months. Employers who do not pay the Apprenticeship Levy share the cost of apprenticeship training and assessment with the Government. This is under an arrangement called ‘co-investment’. For … Continue reading Reservation Period For Apprenticeship Funding Reduced

ESFA Driving Data Collection for FE Sector

The ESFA (Education & Skills Funding Agency) is encouraging training providers, employer providers, and colleges to take part in a voluntary data collection scheme ahead of this month’s deadline. The data being collected pertains to your staff and vacancies. It is intended to provide an initial view of the sector in order to support future … Continue reading ESFA Driving Data Collection for FE Sector

Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

This August, the ESFA has made some updates to the Apprenticeship Service to improve how it works for you and your learners. First launched in April, the Apprenticeship Service is the online portal allowing training providers, employers – and now apprentices – to better manage their apprenticeships. If all this is new to you, read … Continue reading Apprenticeship Service Updates Rolling Out

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

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

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

Functional Skills Updates Published

On April 22nd Ofqual published updates to the conditions, requirements, and guidance for Functional Skills qualifications. Ofqual has made these updates due to the Secretary of State’s decision to extend the end date for continuing learners on the legacy Functional Skills qualifications to 31st July 2021. You can view the updated documents by following the … Continue reading Functional Skills Updates Published

Spring Budget Boost for Apprenticeships

In early March, chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered a spring budget that placed a renewed focus on apprenticeships, FE, and skills development. Key points included a doubling of incentive payments for employers and the announced introduction of “flexi-job” apprenticeships. At-A-Glance Cash incentives will go up to £3,000 for employers who take on an apprentice £7 million … Continue reading Spring Budget Boost for Apprenticeships

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

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