• IfA rejects level 2 business admin apprenticeship leaving employers ‘disappointed’ and ‘upset’

    A proposal to create a level 2 business support apprenticeship has been rejected outright by the government, with officials claiming the standard is “not viable”, FE Week can reveal. In a move that has “disappointed” sector leaders, the Institute for Apprenticeships’ deputy director of approvals, Ana Osbourne, has written the trailblazer lead for the wished-for

    16.39 Jun. 28th, 2019 | News

  • DfE's double standards over level 2 business admin apprenticeship

    The Department for Education has been accused of double standards after it launched a recruitment drive for level 2 business administration apprentices on frameworks while refusing to approve an equivalent standard. Old-style apprenticeship frameworks will be fully switched off next year and replaced with standards, which the government constantly lauds as being of “higher quality”.

    11.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Solid start to the summer term for most providers

    The summer term has kicked off on a solid footing with two colleges and one university being graded ‘good’ while one dance and drama college was rated ‘outstanding’. However, the good news was slightly overshadowed by two ‘inadequate’ full inspections and three ‘insufficient’ monitoring visits. Liverpool Theatre School & College Limited was upgraded to ‘outstanding’

    16.20 Apr. 26th, 2019 | News

  • Apprenticeship quango launches Quality Strategy with aspiration that no apprentice starts without an assessment body

    Employers should have access to at least one end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) before apprentices start their programme, the body responsible for apprenticeship standards and assessment has said today. The “best practice” recommendation, made in a new ‘Quality Strategy’ unveiled by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education today, has been made despite there currently being

    15.09 Mar. 21st, 2019 | News

  • IfA defends slowdown on apprenticeship standards

    The number of new apprenticeship standards approved for delivery declined dramatically in March and April, FE Week analysis has revealed. The Institute for Apprenticeships only cleared four standards in April and 10 in March, down from 21 in February. The agency’s chief executive Sir Gerry Berragan (pictured) only launched its Faster and Better initiative in

    12.00 May. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Only Ofqual should be allowed to regulate apprenticeship standards

    Trailblazers can choose the body that regulates their apprenticeship standard. Only one of these is actually qualified to do so, argues Rob May Every major skills policy at some point promises to “put employers in the driving seat”. For a department labouring under policy amnesia this has been the rhetoric of reform for at least

    15.00 Apr. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Qualifications in apprenticeship standards: IfA rule changes aren't enough

    The sector cheered when the IfA said it would allow qualifications in standards once again, but not all is as it seems, according to Anthony Elgey, who has been involved in several trailblazers in the mineral products industry It seems the sector’s celebrations over this week’s Institute for Apprenticeships announcement, that qualifications would be permitted

    5.00 Feb. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship standards left in limbo by IfA red tape

    Thirteen separate apprenticeship standards with approved assessment plans have been left in limbo for two or more months because their costs still haven’t been agreed, FE Week can reveal. It is understood that the holdup is the result of various new lengthy and complicated processes which came into force when the Institute for Apprenticeships introduced

    11.30 Dec. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Institute for Apprenticeships remains the favourite option for EQA

    The Institute for Apprenticeships continues to be the dominant external quality assurance (EQA) provider of choice for most Trailblazer groups – even though it describes itself as the “option of last resort”. As a result, concerns are deepening across the sector that the government’s own EQA regulator is regulating itself, a situation that Graham Hasting-Evans, managing

    17.23 Aug. 21st, 2017 | News

  • More than half of apprenticeship standards still have no assessor

    Too many uncertainties in the new apprenticeship system is fuelling the acute lack of assessment organisations for new standards, according to the boss of their industry body. FE Week research has revealed that more than half (87 out of 162) of the apprenticeship standards approved for delivery by the Skills Funding Agency still do not

    8.00 Mar. 20th, 2017 | News

  • No funded qualifications for over a third of approved standards

    More than a third of the apprenticeship standards that the government has deemed ready for delivery involve no funded qualifications other than a final assessment, exclusive FE Week research has revealed. While the standards have end-point assessments in place, they will not provide apprentices with the chance to accumulate qualifications as they go along –

    10.00 Mar. 18th, 2017 | News