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

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

2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Attention all training providers – the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has announced that the final claim period for 2019-2020 learner funding will open on Monday 26th October. This service is for training providers that receive funding directly from the ESFA. You must use the Submit Learner Data portal to submit your claim. This … Continue reading 2019-2020 Learner Funding Final Claim Period Announced

Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) is launching a new quality mark to make it easier for employers and learners to know which qualifications will provide the best training route to highly-skilled jobs. IfATE is positioning this as the first step in reversing the national shortage of higher technical skills. In England, only … Continue reading Higher Technical Skills Quality Mark Now Open

Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is currently performing a review of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). If your business is involved in SVQ delivery, or if you are a current or past participant of SVQs, this review may be of interest. Click here to visit the research feature. To register your participation you will need to … Continue reading Scottish Vocational Qualifications Under Review

IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has launched a consultation on apprenticeship funding bands. To ensure that their proposed solution works for everyone, they need your feedback. This is a follow up to the funding bands survey that IfATE conducted earlier this year. That summary received over 200 responses – you can read … Continue reading IfATE Launch Funding Bands Consultation

SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

Can you provide valuable feedback on the future of Project Management training in Scotland? Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is now consulting with stakeholders across the Project Management sector about the new Scottish Apprenticeship for Project Management at SCQF Level 8. As part of this consultation, SDS has launched a survey seeking your feedback. The Project … Continue reading SDS Seeking Project Management Feedback

Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

COVID-19 has drastically altered the way that we live and work. As you are aware, the UK Government has taken unprecedented steps to protect employers and employees affected by the virus. Yet while it is clear how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will affect full-time employees, there have been questions about how furlough will affect … Continue reading Apprenticeship Training & Furlough

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

General Election 2019 – Apprenticeships Guide

Unless you’ve been living without an internet connection since the end of October you’ll be well aware that we’re headed for a General Election. As it is, December 12th marks a critical vote for the country. The team here have taken a look at the manifestos from the three main UK parties to see what’s … Continue reading General Election 2019 – Apprenticeships Guide