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

Guidance: Record Keeping for Training Providers

The Government has published official guidance on record keeping and retention of information specifically for UK training providers. As an ESFA-approved training provider, it is your responsibility to meet UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 requirements. You must also keep evidence to show that you are using ESFA funding in an appropriate way. The … Continue reading Guidance: Record Keeping for Training Providers

Operational Update: January 2021

Given the restrictions now in place across the UK, we would like to inform you that the Instructus Group will remain fully operational for the foreseeable future. Rest assured that our team will continue to support your business in whatever way we can. Over this period of lockdown, Instructus Skills will: Undertake Gateway and End … Continue reading Operational Update: January 2021

Build the Future for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2021 has been announced, and it’s a bold statement of intent: ‘Build the Future‘. The 14th National Apprenticeship Week takes place from the 8th to the 14th of February 2021. The annual week-long celebration aims to showcase the effect that apprenticeships have on businesses, communities, and economies across England. … Continue reading Build the Future for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Funding Bands Consultation Results Published

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute) has published the results of its recent second funding consultation. These consultations follow feedback that the current funding band recommendations system is unclear. At present, funding bands use employer-determined training costs and comparisons with existing qualifications. The Institute’s first consultation outlined a modified approach to apprenticeship … Continue reading Funding Bands Consultation Results Published

What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships

Set against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the biggest economic contraction in 300 years, you may think that the Autumn Spending Review would have little to offer. Instead, Chancellor Rishi Sunak used today’s announcement to outline spending aimed at getting people back to work – and on to apprenticeships. Of particular note, the Chancellor announced … Continue reading What the Autumn Spending Review Means For Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has published updated rules for English apprenticeship funding. The new rules, which explicitly reflect the transition from frameworks to standards, will apply to all apprenticeship programmes starting on or after August 1st 2020. The rules also cover funding arrangements to allow employers to support learners that have been … Continue reading Apprenticeship Funding Rules Updated for 2020/21

Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?

Do you want to support apprenticeship learning, but are unsure how? Thanks to the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), by taking on a redundant learner you can now support them from mid-apprenticeship to the end of their learning. With so many learners facing redundancy over this turbulent year, the ESFA has launched the Redundancy … Continue reading Can You Help Redundant Apprentices?