Celebrating the achievements of apprenticeships is taking even more momentum. After a successful National Apprenticeship Week, the government is continuing to celebrate apprenticeships by attending our graduation ceremonies for apprentices. In this month’s eBriefing, we reveal special guests for the first national business apprenticeship graduations and how you can be a part of them. We also share news on new specifications for higher apprenticeships and how you can contribute to the development of new standards and apprenticeships this year.
Vince Cable headlines business apprentice graduation
Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will be our special guest at our London business apprentice graduation on 27 June.
You and your apprentices can hear from the leading public figure who is one of Government's biggest advocates of business apprenticeships to combat youth unemployment and bringing benefits to business.
He joins our other special guest, the newly appointed apprenticeship ambassador to business, Gordon Birtwistle.
The national graduations for business apprentices aim to inspire and honour apprentices for the first time in ways usually associated with university graduates.
Apprentices can receive a certificate and enjoy a prestigious ceremony on 27 June at Royal Society, London or 4 July in Birmingham.
Find more about the opportunity for you to celebrate your apprentices’ achievements and have the chance to showcase your business to Government figures, please visit our Graduation page.
New Higher Apprenticeship specification for England
The revised version of Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) made a number of changes to higher apprenticeships this month, which are due to be implemented by 6 April 2014.
What changes will be made?
requirements for higher apprenticeships are stated in the new SASE document.
Areas of change include:
- the introduction of a minimum qualification size at levels four and five of 90 credits
- the introduction of a minimum qualification size at levels six and seven of 120 credits
- the possible removal of Transferrable Skills, Employee Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as mandatory requirements from Level 4+ frameworks
- the removal of requirements around Guided Learning Hours from Level 4+ frameworks.
No changes to Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeships have been made in the new SASE.
How will they impact you?
While changes to our higher apprenticeship programmes have not been implemented yet, they will start to take shape over the next 12 months.
Training providers and employers should continue to use the current higher apprenticeship frameworks. Any future changes will be communicated in advance to ensure training providers and employers have sufficient time to review the proposed changes and adapt any delivery/learning plans.
Apprentices will continue to work towards the apprenticeship framework they started on. The changes will only affect apprentices who start their training after the changes are introduced.
Importantly, funding remains in place for higher apprenticeships. Funding rates may be reviewed when changes are made, but no additional information on potential changes to funding is available yet.
How can I be involved?
Your involvement and contributions are important to us. We will involve employers, training providers, professional bodies and awarding organisations in any proposed changes.
Stakeholder consultations will be published in our eBriefing over the coming months and we encourage you to take part.
Any further changes to SASE, or to framework documents, will also be published.
New Apprentice Graduation communications toolkit
Many training providers have told us they support national graduations for business apprentices so we developed a toolkit that you can use to tell your apprentices about their first opportunity to graduate.
Government Consultations continue to stir vocational landscape
The Government has vocational education reform in its sights after two potentially important consultations were published this year.
The first consultation focuses on proposals to reform Vocational Education for 16-19 year olds, while the second is the Government’s response to the Richard Review of Apprenticeships in England.
We encourage employers, training providers, colleges and other stakeholders to respond to the consultations and have your say on the Government’s proposals.
Participate in future Standards and Apprenticeship development
We are undertaking a number of projects this year and we want your expertise to help make them a success.
You have the opportunity to participate in projects as a member of a steering group, or as an individual taking part in the consultation process.
We are developing new National Standards in a range of areas, from Bid Writing to Parking Administration, as well as new Higher Apprenticeships in Human Resource Management and Project Management in Scotland.
Our full list of upcoming standards and apprenticeships projects are:
National Occupational Standards:
- Bid Writing and Tendering (New suite of standards)
- Business Continuity Management (Review)
- Business Support, Business Information and Business Link (Review)
- Parking Administration (Review)
- Public Relations (New suite of standards)
- Risk Management (New suite of standards)
- Sales (Review)
- Level 5 Human Resource Management (Scotland)
- Level 6/7 Human Resource Management (England and Wales)
- Level 4 Project Management (Scotland)
- Business & Administration (England and Wales)
- Customer Service (England and Wales)
- Management and Team Leading (England and Wales)
If you would like to take part in these projects, please take this short survey to register your interest. The survey closes at the end of April.
Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year 2013
Do you have an outstanding Modern Apprentice? Then recognise their achievements by nominating them for an award.
As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Scottish Training Federation (STF) will be hosting an Apprentice of the Year awards on Wednesday 22 May.
The STF Board of Directors will recognise the outstanding achievement of a Modern Apprentice by hosting an awards presentation.
Members and non-members are invited to nominate their Modern Apprentices.
The awards will be part of a parliamentary evening where STF members have the opportunity to hear from a selection of speakers, and network with MSPs, fellow members, and other invited guests from the lifelong learning industry.
The event will be hosted by Margaret McCulloch MSP and will run from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm.
For more information on the awards, please visit the STF.