• IfA to charge assessment organisations for quality assurance

    The Institute for Apprenticeships will charge apprenticeship assessment organisations for external quality assurance of new standards – despite Ofqual keeping the service free. Speaking during a webinar on Monday (January 6), Peter Lauener, shadow chief executive of the IfA, said that it was acceptable for the Institute to charge for the service because “the principle of

    18.07 Feb. 7th, 2017 | News

  • Move away from 3m apprenticeship target to avoid ‘wasting £500 million’ says influential think tank

    The government should “move away” from its target for three million apprenticeships, to avoid wasting £500 million a year on substandard training, according to experts from the Policy Exchange. A new report from the right-wing think-tank claims that a significant proportion of the apprenticeship standards are inadequate, and raises concerns about the government’s focus on

    0.01 Nov. 11th, 2016 | News

  • SFA approve just 13% of apprentice assessment organisation applications

    Organisations applying to the government’s new register of apprenticeship assessment organisations are being turned away because their plans for end-point assessment are not up to scratch, according to the new interim chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships, Peter Lauener. Mr Lauener (pictured above right), who is also chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency and Education

    17.27 Oct. 19th, 2016 | News