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Season's Greetings from Instructus

Friday, 23 December 2016
By: Skills CFA

We would like to take to this opportunity to thank you for all your feedback over 2016, such as taking our surveys (ranging from learning materials to End Point Assessment) and engagement with us over important consultations and announcements (and you know we had to mention it): the Levy.

As ever, we will be keeping our finger on the pulse in 2017 and will be bringing you news, updates and interesting announcements.

Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The Instructus Team

Skills CFA

Reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards

Friday, 18 November 2016
By: Skills CFA

Instructus Skills are reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards. The aim of the review project is to create a revised set of standards which reflect interpreting current practice and the skills and knowledge required by professional interpreters. 

Instructus Skills have developed an online survey to gather feedback on:

a) the proposed re-structuring of the interpreting NOS suite
b) the high level functional map for professional interpreters. 

The functional map describes, in a structured way, the functions carried out by professional interpreters. We would therefore like to ask for your help in identifying whether you think the functions accurately reflect the work undertaken by professional interpreters. 

This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. All information provided will be treated in confidence. The deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 19 December. 

  • Have your say

Skills CFA

Apprenticeship Funding Announcement

Wednesday, 26 October 2016
By: Skills CFA

The Government has published (25/10/16) its Apprenticeship Funding proposals for May 2017.  The consultation process began in August and garnered 892 responses. The object of the proposal is “simplify some of the complex arrangements that currently exist” and so “Funding will follow employer choice, moving away from the current provider-led model and meaning providers will have to be much more responsive to what employers need.”

The main changes to the proposal (after the consultation process) and points of interest:

  • Additional 20 per cent of funding (to maximum of band limit) for 16-18 year-old. This is on top of the £1,000 provider and £1,000 employer incentive.
  •  £60m funding for additional support for apprentices from disadvantaged areas
  • Expiry of funds in digital accounts extended from 18 to 24 months
  • Relaxing provider registry rules (and allowance for sub-contracting)
  • In depth report on equality in apprentice funding for ‘protected’ groups (see link to equality analysis below)

Apprenticeship funding from May 2017: equality analysis

Skills CFA

Apprenticeship Levy Update

Wednesday, 19 October 2016
By: Skills CFA

With the latest information release on the apprenticeship levy and clarification on a number of key points, its now time to start planning how the levy and the apprenticeship reforms affect your business. Whether you are large or small there are a number of options to consider and we are here to help you.

You might be an SME wondering how best to recruit a young person or a large employer looking for some help on retraining options for your existing employees. Alternatively you might not be sure on the best standard to use or whether to use the existing frameworks.

Whatever the question, we are here to help. Our teams have experience in both the design and delivery of apprenticeships and of framework and standards. We are experienced across a range of occupations and sectors and can help you to decide the best approach. Our tailored solutions ensure that you get the right advice for your business to deliver the best return for your investment.

So contact us today and let us guide you through the options available.

Skills CFA

Consultation on Business Admininstration Assessment Plan

Tuesday, 06 September 2016
By: Skills CFA

This month employer groups have submitted Assessment Plan proposal for Business Administration. Before a decision is made on whether to approve it for publication you have a chance to leave a review in this survey.

A copy of the proposal will download when you select the one you want to comment on in question 4. If you would like to comment on more than one proposal you will be prompted to do so once you have finished responding to the first.