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

Revised NOS for Surveying, Revenue & Benefits

Instructus Skills, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland, have completed consultation on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Surveying and Administration of Local Revenues & Benefits. Following responses from multiple sectors that have provided valuable insight into how the standards could better reflect the skills that employers need, the NOS have been updated and are … Continue reading Revised NOS for Surveying, Revenue & Benefits

ESFA Announce Changes to Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure

This Wednesday (21st March) the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) updated the funding bands for existing apprenticeship frameworks and apprenticeship standards. In a statement on GOV.UK, the ESFA said: “The Department for Education is reviewing the effectiveness of the current funding band structure. When we moved to 15 funding bands, we expected to see … Continue reading ESFA Announce Changes to Apprenticeship Funding Band Structure

Update: SASE Batch 4 & 5 Framework Withdrawal

This week the ESFA has communicated a change to upcoming SASE framework withdrawal dates. In a revision to previous guidance, we have been advised that all English frameworks previously scheduled for removal in Batches 4 and 5 are now no longer scheduled for removal until 2020. In line with this, Instructus will not withdraw any … Continue reading Update: SASE Batch 4 & 5 Framework Withdrawal