• IfA’s second funding band review: Another 17 standards signed off

    Funding bands for another 17 apprenticeship standards under review by the Institute for Apprenticeships have now been approved – with the majority experiencing a reduction. A total of 30 standards have been under review since December. The first 10 had their funding rates approved in May. For the latest 17, changes for those that have

    15.48 Jul. 1st, 2019 | News

  • There is no point ignoring the looming overspend - employer apprenticeship levy usage needs to be restricted

    At the AELP annual conference this week the skills minister, Anne Milton, outlined options being considered to restrict employer usage of their apprenticeship levy. Given the fall in starts since the apprenticeship reforms began in May 2017, you would be forgiven for wondering why the government would be looking at restricting employer demand. Any new

    9.30 Jun. 28th, 2019 | Opinion

  • 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 launches recruitment drive for more route panel members

    The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is looking for around 25 new experts to join its 15 sector-based route panels. The members are responsible for deciding the readiness of apprenticeship standards in development in the different sectors, reviewing and approving new standards and technical qualifications. The panels, created two years ago, decide what issues

    17.12 May. 8th, 2019 | News

  • As the wheels fall off plans for the first PhD level apprenticeship, have employers been ejected from the driving seat?

    This week we reveal that an Institute for Apprenticeships sub-committee (that includes four board members) refused to approve the first PhD level 8 apprenticeship. Instead, they asked the full board to rule whether a PhD level is even “in the spirit of apprenticeship policy”. Four months on and the board is still in discussions with

    10.37 Apr. 26th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Damian Hinds reacts to concerns that spend on apprenticeships is soaring

    The education secretary didn’t deny that the apprenticeships budget is heading for a £500 million overspend this year, when he was quizzed about it by FE Week. Damian Hinds was asked whether he acknowledged the Institute for Apprenticeships’ concern, revealed in a presentation by its chief operating officer Robert Nitsch last week, that “we are

    10.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Scrap the Institute for Apprenticeships, says Lords report

    The Institute for Apprenticeships should be scrapped, according to an influential committee that sits in the House of Lords. The Lords economic affairs committee has also poured scorn on the government’s target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. “The IfA should be abolished,” it said in a new report. The role of the institute

    0.01 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Dismay after rail specialist chosen as quality-assurer for digital apprenticeships

    A firm of rail specialists have been chosen to replace the Tech Partnership as the external quality-assurance provider for digital apprenticeships, in a move said to “defy all logic”. It was announced on Tech Partnership’s website that its members had agreed to pass “the baton” to the National Skills Academy for Rail, for EQA of

    10.11 May. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Employers clash with Institute for Apprenticeships over FE teacher funding bands

    The group developing three long-delayed FE teaching standards is in a bitter stand-off with the Institute for Apprenticeships, claiming the funding bands on offer represent just half what these standards would cost to deliver. The three standards, ranging between levels three and level five, have been in development since 2015. They were recently assigned funding

    10.30 May. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Anne Milton hasn’t met the IfA’s apprentice panel in its first year

    The skills minister has still not met with the Institute for Apprenticeships’ panel of apprentices – more than 12 months after it was established. The panel, which first met last April, is made up of current or recent apprentices who discuss issues from the learner’s perspective and raise with the main IfA board. Shadow skills

    16.50 May. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • 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