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Withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
By: Skills CFA

As part of the ongoing project being done to progress the transition of frameworks to Standards, BIS have now issued the details of the second batch of frameworks that will be withdrawn from 1 December 2016. The withdrawal of frameworks covers both the ceasing of government funding for new starts and also to the framework being withdrawn from use for new starts for any apprentice, whether publicly funded or not.

The following frameworks will be closed from 1 December 2016:

  • 581 Business Innovation and Growth (Level 5)
  • 619 Contact Centre Operations Management
  • 552 Enterprise
  • 557 Fundraising
  • 572 Public Relations
  • 558 Volunteer Management

The above frameworks were considered to have had low volume of starts in the funding year 2014 to 2015 and so far in 2015 to 2016, or have replacement standards in development. This decision does not affect apprentices who are currently on one of the above frameworks, their agreed funding arrangements, and apprenticeship completion certificate can be claimed in the usual manner.

A full list of frameworks for withdrawal will be available here.

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Apprentice honoured at regional awards

Tuesday, 24 May 2016
By: Skills CFA

A Business Administration apprentice was crowned Outstanding Service Industries Apprentice of the Year at the Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday 19th May, celebrated and recognised dedication from apprentices and employers in their chosen scheme. For the full article please click here.

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Jobs: Standards and Qualifications Portfolio Manager vacancy in London

Monday, 09 May 2016
By: Skills CFA
Job Role:  Manager
Organisation:  Instructus Group
Organisation type:  Private Training Provider
Region:  London
City/town:  London
Salary:  £24,500
London, UK
Attach File:  JD Portfolio and Development Manager V1.docx
Post Date:  09/05/2016


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Karen Daly-Gherabi becomes Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy

Tuesday, 03 May 2016
By: Skills CFA
Karen Daly-Gherabi ACIM

Karen Daly-Gherabi has become Managing Director of The Springboard Consultancy, a UK-based international training company specialising in women's development issues.

After a successful career as a senior officer in the British Army, promoting excellence, development, achievement, and diversity, Karen spent 12 years working  for The British Council, creating international opportunities, building trust and engagement through education, training and cultural relations. She succeeds the company’s founding joint CEOs, Liz Willis OBE and Jenny Daisley OBE.

Liz Willis commented, “Jenny and I are delighted with Karen’s appointment and wish her every success. She’s already familiar with the company and, as a client, has been an enthusiastic advocate of our programmes.”

Through the British Council, Karen introduced the award-winning Springboard Women’s Development Programme into the Middle East. Indeed, Karen has first-hand experience of the positive impact the Springboard programme has had on more than 17,000 women, along with the network of trainers, across the Middle East and North Africa.

The Springboard Consultancy’s Springboard Women’s Development programme enables women to identify the clear, practical and realistic steps that they want to take to make a better world for themselves at work and home, while building the practical skills and confidence to take these steps. The programme is delivered – currently in 45 countries - over a three month period, through an extensive network of licensed local trainers and, so far, has been used by over 240,000 women around the world.

According to Karen, who took up her new post on 3rd May, “The Springboard Consultancy is a fantastic company which promotes diversity in personal development - especially for women but including both genders - with a range of products that covers the complete work lifecycle, from pre-work to the end of working life. It’s wonderful to be part of such transformational development, which enables people to take control of their own futures.”


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Removal of Apprenticeship Frameworks

Tuesday, 08 March 2016
By: Skills CFA

We have been contacted by several organisations concerned that the Business Administration level 3 framework is going to be switched off in line with the plans of SFA to remove frameworks that are either not required or have a suitable Trailblazer equivalent ready for delivery. We can confirm that the correct list can be found here and only affects Campaigning in the Business, Administration and Law Sector. This was a framework that we agreed to switch off due to zero activity. We have conducted both a National Occupational Standards and Framework consultation and from these results are planning activity for the coming year which we will keep you informed of.

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