What is EPA (End Point Assessment)?

With End Point Assessment (EPA) apprenticeships in England have changed for good. Under the old Frameworks system, training providers would assess a learner’s competency over the course of their training. This model was called continuous assessment. Yet over time employers found that this model often led to a gap between what the learner should have … Continue reading What is EPA (End Point Assessment)?

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

Our Team Leader EPA Joins the YPO

If you’re a public sector organisation you can now access our Team Leader End Point Assessment service through the YPO. As a procurement service that works for a variety of public sector organisations, the YPO combines requirements to secure a better price for services than you may be able to find alone. What’s more, as … Continue reading Our Team Leader EPA Joins the YPO

What You Need to Know About Your EPAO

Apprenticeships – What’s Changed? With the advent of End Point Assessment, apprenticeships in England have changed for good. Under the old frameworks system (many of which we helped to develop), training providers would assess an apprentice’s competency along a linear path. Yet many employers found that this system created a gap between what the apprentice … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Your EPAO

Our Team Leader EPA is ESFA Approved

Are you delivering apprenticeship training for the Team Leader standard? Whether you’re an employer or a training provider, you need to think about EPA. Following rigorous assessment by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), we are proud to announce that our EPA service for Team Leader/Supervisor (Level 3) is approved and ready to go. … Continue reading Our Team Leader EPA is ESFA Approved

Public Sector Organisation? Find Our EPA on the YPO

If you’re in the public sector it’s vital to know that you can trust the organisations you work with. You need suppliers that meet the standards of quality, delivery and corporate behaviour that you expect. This is where working with YPO approved organisations can make your life much easier. If you’re not already familiar, YPO … Continue reading Public Sector Organisation? Find Our EPA on the YPO

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