December 2013


Celebrating apprenticeship success!

Outstanding apprentices and employers were rewarded for their efforts during the tenth annual National Apprenticeship Awards at the Birmingham NEC in November. The event recognised employers who have successfully utilised apprenticeships to up-skill and support their workforce as well as celebrating the achievement of exceptional apprentices.

We would like to congratulate all of the winners, especially those within the pan-sector area (shown below), on their fantastic achievements. Keep up the good work!

  • Unilever Award for Higher Apprentice of the Year 2013 – Jessica Kirby (Public Relations)
  • City & Guilds Apprenticeship Champion of the Year 2013 – Chloe Gailes (Barclays – Business & Administration (Advanced))

And to all the remaining winners: congratulations!

  • Learndirect Award for Intermediate Apprentice of the Year 2013 – Lydia Webster (Accountancy)
  • EAL Award for Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2013 – Sadie Hawkins (IT)
  • Jaguar Land Rover Award for Small Employer of the Year 2013 - Fairfield Control Systems Limited
  • Investors in People Apprenticeship Newcomer Employer of the Year Award 2013 – HSBC Bank plc
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Site Licence Company Medium Employer of the Year 2013 - Walter Smith Fine Foods Limited
  • BAE Systems Large Employer of the Year 2013 – BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • Livity Macro Employer of the Year 2013 – BT.

Provider Finder – Be noticed in our Provider Finder directory

Keen to be seen by employers and learners? Our new Provider Finder allows training providers to put themselves on the map and be listed on our searchable provider directory. The directory will help employers and learners find business apprenticeship providers across the UK.

We are offering a free trial for centres wishing to register on our new directory.  There is still time to take advantage of our free trial - register now and your centre will be available on the directory at no cost until 1 March 2014.

To register please visit our website: http://www.skillscfa.org/training-providers-form

For further information please call 020 7091 9620 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


New National Occupational Standards

We have recently completed the following National Occupational Standards (NOS) projects:

  • Public Relations (new)
  • Business Continuity Management (review)
  • Business and Administration – Specialist Parking Administration (review)
  • Bidding and Tendering (new)
  • Business Enterprise Support (review).

The UKCES-approved NOS suites are available on the NOS Database and will also be available on the Skills CFA website in the New Year. If you are having any issues accessing the latest Skills CFA NOS please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeship Landscape for England – 2014

Major changes will be taking place in the vocational qualifications and apprenticeship arena in England over the next few years. Following the launch of the Richard Review (2012), the resulting Implementation Plan (2013), and the Whitehead Review (2013), a new vision for the future of vocational qualifications and apprenticeships is taking place and everyone who is involved will need to be prepared.

Our recently-developed summaries are available for download:



The new process for developing apprenticeship standards and frameworks will be tested by eight selected employer groups, referred to as Trailblazers. These organisations will be given the opportunity to develop new apprenticeship standards, alongside the corresponding assessment approach, and will set guidance for best practice whilst highlighting areas for improvement. For further information on the Trailblazers see the Future of Apprenticeships in England Guidance for Trailblazers.

The reform will be taking place during 2015/16 and 2016/17, resulting in all apprenticeships being based on the newly established standards by 2017/18.

We are extremely keen to be involved in Trailblazers and feel strongly that the pan sector should be represented within the initial projects. We’ll keep you posted with details of how we get on.


Qualification development

We are currently developing new QCF qualifications for Business and Administration, Customer Service, and Management and Leadership that will be used both within the apprenticeship frameworks and as standalone qualifications. These qualifications are being developed in partnership with Awarding Organisations

We have now held public consultations for all three areas and are in the last stages of finalising close to developing the final qualifications. The next step for the projects is to QCF credit rate the units and finalise the new Rules of Combination at each level in each area.

We would like to hear your views on all elements concerning the Rules of Combination and so will be holding a public consultation for all three qualification suites in February.

If you would like more information on the qualification development project, or would like to be involved please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Skills CFA National Conference

With the ‘year of the review’ over, our National Conference focused on making change work for business apprenticeships. Driven by the vast change within the apprenticeships arena, our aim was to support training providers and colleges in adapting to reforms and implementing real change.

We would like to thank all of those who participated to what was a very successful event.

The one-day event consisted of a variety of keynote speeches, with speakers representing NAS, AELP, CBI, and unionlearn TUC, workshops, and a Q&A panel centred around three main themes; government reform, improving the quality of delivery of apprenticeships, and engaging employers. We received very positive feedback from delegates, with many stating that the key note speeches and workshops were particularly interesting and thought-provoking, especially when considering the current turbulent landscape, and look forward to seeing everyone again next year.


Skills CFA Endorsement scheme

We understand the importance of quality learning provision, be it for in-house training courses, accredited international degrees or anything in between. Through our work developing National Standards and qualifications undertaken by over 150,000 learners a year, we also know what quality looks like.

Our programme endorsement scheme for business-related training - covering disciplines such as management, customer service, sales, marketing, business and enterprise - provides quality training providers and their programmes with the recognition they deserve.
Skills CFA’s endorsement service provides independent recognition of high-quality learning programmes.

If you are interested in the endorsement scheme or would like further information please visit our website or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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