Farewell to Frameworks

Today (31st July) marks the formal withdrawal of the remaining English apprenticeship frameworks. Frameworks will continue to be certified for those learners already in training, however, from 1st August any new English apprenticeship starts must be on an apprenticeship Standard. You can find the full list of available Standards on the Institute for Apprenticeships & … Continue reading Farewell to Frameworks

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?

How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide

Are you new to apprenticeship management? You may have heard all about the benefits of hiring a fresh-faced learner and training them in the ways of your business – and you may have thought that it could work for you. But where exactly do you start? We know the questions that employers have about training … Continue reading How to Hire an Apprentice – An Updated Guide

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

SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have appointed Instructus Skills to deliver a UK-wide standards and frameworks review. Delivery will involve consultation and development of a range of National Occupational Standards (NOS), qualifications and apprenticeships. To ensure that the consultation results are positive it is essential that employers and sector groups provide feedback. Standards & Qualifications Co-ordinator … Continue reading SDS Appoint Instructus Skills as Development Partner

IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IFA) has announced a review into apprenticeship funding bands with the aim of ensuring that funding is consistent across different standards. The review follows the introduction earlier this year of a new process for determining funding bands. This new process doubled the funding bands available to employers from 15 to 30, … Continue reading IFA Announces New Review into Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced

The government has announced a series of Apprenticeship Levy reforms following calls from business leaders for the scheme to be more flexible. These reforms will include additional funds for the development of apprenticeship standards. £90 million of funding will be freed to enable employers to transfer 25% of their apprenticeship funds to employees of businesses … Continue reading Apprenticeship Levy Reforms Announced

Setting Standards for OECD Eurasia

Last week Instructus provided expert guidance at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Eurasia conference in Minsk, Belarus. Our Standards & Qualifications Portfolio Manager Tony Beecher delivered a presentation on occupational standard setting in the business management sector, giving expert comment to support the Belarus government. The session was conducted in Russian and … Continue reading Setting Standards for OECD Eurasia