Scottish Apprenticeship Week: A Commitment to Talent

For this Scottish Apprenticeship Week, I want to celebrate the work we do as the authorising body for approximately 25% of Modern Apprenticeships, and the work we do with Skills Development Scotland to ensure that National Occupational Standards remain relevant and up to date. In the last 12 months, we have reviewed the National Occupational … Continue reading Scottish Apprenticeship Week: A Commitment to Talent

How We Develop National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a key building block for a range of qualifications. These include Scotland’s Modern, Technical and Professional Apprenticeships. Read on to learn what they are, how we develop them, and why it’s vital to get your feedback as part of the process. What are the National Occupational Standards? The NOS are … Continue reading How We Develop National Occupational Standards

Free Event: Authentic Leader Programme

Having strong leaders who can propel your organisation and teams through challenging times, whilst demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity, is perhaps more relevant now than ever. 81% of professionals expect to be negatively impacted by Covid-19 in some way*. 73% of professionals from across the UK say their company’s leadership has struggled to … Continue reading Free Event: Authentic Leader Programme

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

Achieving Training Excellence

The last year has seen unprecedented changes to how we all do our work. As you would expect, apprenticeships have been no exception to these challenges. Yet despite the uncertainty of the last 12 months, training provider Davidson Training has continued to make apprenticeships work – and even earned a Grade 1 (“Outstanding”) rating from … Continue reading Achieving Training Excellence

Recognising the Right Education

To kick off our celebration of National Apprenticeship Week 2021, Andrew Hammond, CEO of the Instructus Group, shares his thoughts on changing the perception of apprenticeship training.  I make no apology for not making detailed comment on the recent Skills for Jobs white paper and for not using the language of the education sector. This … Continue reading Recognising the Right Education

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