• Five principles that should underpin quality assessment

    It has never been more crucial that we ensure that we have the best regime possible to assess quality, says Sir Gerry Berragan, chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education Our mission at the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education is to develop high-quality apprenticeships and technical qualifications in order to transform

    6.00 May. 11th, 2019 | Opinion

  • IfA and ESFA in listening mode about apprenticeship concerns at FAB conference

    The bosses of the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency were in listening mode today, as they acknowledged there were points they needed to “learn from” about apprenticeship assessment. Sir Gerry Berragan and Eileen Milner’s speeches on the second day of the Federation of Awarding Bodies conference followed a panel discussion

    13.28 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual survey into perceptions of vocational qualifications: 7 key findings

    New research by Ofqual has revealed worryingly low levels of understanding among employers of key elements the government’s apprenticeship reforms . Its survey looked at perceptions of vocational and technical qualifications among 3,000 employers, learners and training providers. It will allow the exams regulator to “measure changes in levels of understanding and perceived value over time” amid ongoing

    14.11 Sep. 26th, 2018 | News

  • EPA assessor capacity: Will England be able to cope in the long-term?

    By 2020, when the apprenticeship reforms will have taken full effect, there are likely to be around 500,000 end-point assessments carried out every year. Sally Collier, chief regulator at exams watchdog Ofqual, told a room full of training providers at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ conference in June, that she was “concerned” over

    11.00 Sep. 14th, 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

  • Apprenticeship end-point assessment crisis exposed

    The Institute for Apprenticeships has rejected concerns about apprentices being unable to graduate – accusing people who raise them as simply “inflammatory”. FE Week was first to raise the issue of a lack of end-point assessments back in 2016, but are the apprentices really affected? We spoke to scores of providers and employers, and our

    9.35 Apr. 20th, 2018 | News

  • What lessons can we learn from end-point assessments?

    End-point assessment is a vital part of any apprenticeship, and Thomas Burton explains how to get it right. The government wants its trailblazer apprenticeship reforms to have independent end-point assessment (EPA) to drive up productivity. Seen as a vital source of ammunition in the nation’s economic arsenal, the reforms are designed to redress a skills

    5.00 Apr. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • End-point assessment: what colleges and training providers need to know

    Based on her upcoming research, Sallyann Baldry explains how colleges and training providers should be preparing for end-point assessment End-point assessment is the testing at the end of an apprenticeship that is set, administered, marked and graded by an organisation that wasn’t involved in its delivery, either as training provider or employer. Each standard has

    5.00 Nov. 13th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Ofqual considers special treatment for new AOs

    New apprenticeship exam bodies are next in line for special treatment, after Ofqual hinted that it’s considering a lighter regulatory touch for those that fall under its remit. But established awarding organisations groaning under the weight of increased regulation have begun to complain about double standards. The exams regulator is about to take charge of

    10.49 Sep. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • IfA appoints small exam board as apprenticeship ‘External Quality Assurance’ delivery partner

    A small awarding organisation that appears to have little experience in the apprenticeships market will deliver external quality assurance of end-point-assessment on behalf of the Institute for Apprenticeships next year. The tender for the EQA contract was finally launched by the institute in May – three months after it was originally supposed to go live.

    13.48 Aug. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Assessment organisations still lacking for over 1,300 apprentices

    At least 1,300 apprentices are still studying without an apprentice assessment organisation in place, FE Week can reveal. The scale of the problem has improved little since last October, when one former civil servant called the situation “diabolical” and “disrespectful” to apprentices. Analysis of the latest statistical first release shows that 140 of the 1,300

    11.00 Jul. 7th, 2017 | News