December 2014 (II)


Christmas Holiday Closure

The Skills CFA office will be closed from 23rd December until the 2nd January 2015.  Please note that there will also be a limited number of staff in the office on the 22nd December and 2nd January, all staff will endeavour to answer any queries received over the Christmas period upon their return.   Skills CFA would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!


Graduation Feedback & Photographs

If you attended the Business Skills Advanced and Higher Graduation Ceremony event at Central Westminster Hall on 19th November 2014, you will have had a photograph taken off you receiving your certificate on stage.  For £15 you may purchase a digital version of this photograph, and we will send you a complimentary copy of the Graduation Class of 2014.  If you’re interested in purchasing your photo please download the form below and email back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Skills CFA Photography Request form

We would like to see your feedback from the event, this was Skills CFA’s first graduation event and based on the success of this event we would like to make it an annual occurrence, your feedback offers us a great insight and will make future events even better!  To complete the survey please follow this link.


Recruitment Webinar

Skills CFA hosted a second Recruitment Apprenticeship webinar with Skillsfirst Awards and the Institute of Recruiters on Thursday 4th December.  The webinar aimed at employer and recruitment consultancies, explored the benefits of taking on an apprentice or supporting existing staff undertaking advanced or higher recruitment apprenticeships.
If you missed out on the opportunity to attend the webinar, please follow this link.  To hear the audio commentary please play the slideshow.


Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions

Colin Fowler TMX Academy is our latest Recruitment Apprenticeship Champion, with over 20 years’ worth of experience in the Recruitment field and an advocate of apprenticeships.  To find out more about what Colin and why he decided to become a Recruitment Apprenticeship Champion take a look at Colin’s guest blog.

How to apply

If you are an employer or training provider please send a brief description of your organisation, your role within the organisation and why you would like to become a Recruitment Apprenticeship champion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a recruitment apprentice, past or present, please send a brief description of your recruitment apprenticeship/training to date, your current employer and why you would like to become a Recruitment Apprenticeship champion to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


No more employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) on apprentices under 25

The Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement an extension of the exemption employers have from paying National Insurance contributions on apprentices under 21, to apprentices aged under 25.

Currently employers will not have to pay NICs on under 21s from April 2015, and under 25s from April 2016. This is in line with the government’s ambition to the highest employment rates in the G7 and to incentivise employers to hire apprentices, supporting and investing in young talent.


Provider Finder reminder

Finding a local training provider is easier than you think.

The Provider Finder is a searchable provider directory, helping you locate an apprenticeship training provider in your area. This easy-to-use tool enables simple filtering by area, subject and level of study, meaning you can spend your time focussing on what’s important: your staff.

To find out more please visit the Provider Finder.

You can sign-up to the Provider Finder here.


Articles we’ve been tweeting about!

Business Secretary Vince Cable announced that 2 million apprenticeships have been started since the coalition government came into power in 2010. Read more here.

Commemorating 100 years of apprenticeships – NAS has undertaken historical research to find out the top 10 sectors for apprenticeships in 1914 and 2014.  Read more here.

How apprenticeships will inspire new business talent- Ian Ashman reports in the Guardian ‘working in different ways to find out exactly what employers need to fill their companies’ skills gaps, and to tailor apprenticeship provision to suit the specific needs of the industry.’ Read more here.



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