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,...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
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...

Alix Robertson
Alix Robertson
Opinion

Apprenticeships: what are Ofsted inspectors looking for?

Apprenticeships are not vehicles to validate employees’ existing skills – our inspectors want to see that apprentices are learning...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
Opinion

Why not give Ofqual more power over apprenticeship standards?

The assessment community is calling for Ofqual’s role in apprenticeships to be extended – which shows something is badly...

Expert Contributor
Expert Contributor
News

Employers blasted for ignoring apprenticeships they developed

Employers including the private healthcare giant Bupa have been criticised for not employing anyone on apprenticeships they developed, after...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Opinion

We need a proper framework for apprenticeships

With just weeks to go before the apprenticeship levy and the apprenticeship standards come on line, we are in...

Graham Hasting-Evans
Graham Hasting-Evans
News

Large drop in number of standards lacking end-point assessors

The proportion of learners on apprenticeship standards without an approved assessment organisation is dropping rapidly, according to new figures....

Jude Burke
Jude Burke
News

College forced to stop recruiting apprentices

A college hit with an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating won’t appeal against the resulting ban from running apprenticeships, but says...

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
News

Ofqual to discuss conflict-of-interest concerns with NSAFD organisation

Ofqual will hold talks with an awarding organisation owned by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, over...

Jude Burke
Jude Burke