eBriefing


December 2014

 

Business Skills Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony

On Wednesday 19th November, Skills CFA welcomed individuals to Central Hall Westminster to celebrate the achievements of Advanced and Higher apprentices, employers and training providers in England, in the first graduation ceremony within the Business Skills area.   

Business Skills Apprenticeships, range from the widely recognised apprenticeships in Business Administration, Management and Leadership and Customer Service to the newly developed, niche apprenticeships in Public Relations and Social Media and Digital Marketing, as well as many other apprenticeships. 

Over 110 graduates and more than 150 guests, including family and friends, employers and training providers were welcomed to the ceremony by Tim Campbell, MBE, winner of the reality show The Apprentice and founder of the Bright Ideas Trust which supports young entrepreneurs in London.  

Cllr Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London-wide member of the London Assembly gave the main graduate address and, along with Skills CFA CEO, David Holland, handed each graduate a scroll of achievement.

Several awards were also handed out by Lord Tony Hall of Birkenhead CBE. The awards were for Business Skills Advanced Apprentice of the Year, Business Skills Apprentice Employer of the Year, Business Skills Higher Apprentice of the Year and Business Skills Training provider of the Year.

Winners on the day were:

  • Award for Business Skills Advanced Apprentice of the Year 2014 sponsored by Active IQ is Kathryn Best, Fujitsu.

Kathryn Best was our winner of the Advanced Apprentice of the year. Kathryn has shown commitment to both her own apprenticeship and the apprenticeship programme in general. Her enthusiasm for apprenticeships shone through in her application

  • Award for Business Skills Higher Apprentice of the Year 2014 sponsored by Pearson is Chloe Ward, Living Group.

Chloe Ward was the winner of the Higher Apprentice of the year Award. Chloe was an outstanding applicant who has excelled in her role. She has also demonstrated her commitment to apprenticeships by mentoring the next apprentice that is coming through her organisation.

  • Award for Business Skills Apprentice Employer of the Year 2014 sponsored by Active is MediaCom UK.

The winner of the Apprentice Employer of the year was MediaCom UK. MediaCom UK has an excellent apprenticeship programme where apprentices get to sample all the different areas of their business. Their commitment to apprenticeships made them stand out from the crowd.

  • Award for Business Skills Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2014 sponsored by Pearson is Herefordshire & Worcestershire Group Training Association.

The Apprentice Training Provider of the year went to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association. Their success rates for their apprenticeships are superb and shows that they not only ‘talk the talk’, but ‘walk the walk’, with so many ex-apprentices now employed within the organisation.

The event was closed by David Holland, CEO of Skills CFA with the final words “We are delighted that so many Advanced and Higher Apprentices, employers and training providers have been able to attend the ceremony today, and we hope that this will be a proud occasion that you and your guests will remember and cherish for many years to come and become a tradition for Business Skills apprentices in the future.”

Many thanks to all of our applicants, and all of our graduates who contributed towards what was an excellent and enjoyable day.

 

Communication Support Workers & Interpreting and Translating Higher Apprenticeship (including Sign Language Pathway) in Wales

Skills CFA has been commissioned by UKCES to develop a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship for Communication Support Workers and a Higher Apprenticeship in Interpreting and Translating (including a Sign Language Interpreting pathway) in Wales.

The proposed apprenticeships would combine on-the-job learning with off-the-job skills development to provide professional recognition for Communication Support Workers, Interpreters and Translators.

The Advanced Apprenticeship for Communication Support Workers would be expected to take one year to complete with apprentices operating in Schools, colleges, universities and all other types of educational establishments. Apprentices will be working alongside other professionals to assist deaf learners and those who have communication difficulties, carrying out numerous communications related functions.

The proposed Higher Apprenticeship for Interpreting and Translating would be expected to take up to two years to complete with apprentices working alongside Interpreting and Translating professionals to complete assignments. The apprenticeship route for Communication Support Workers, Interpreters and Translators provides learners with a programme of learning alongside employment.

As a process of this development we would like to gauge the level of support that there is for these frameworks. There are two short surveys that should only take you around five minutes to complete.

Communication Support Worker Advanced Apprenticeship - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cwswales

Interpreting and Translating Higher Apprenticeship (including Sign Language Pathway) https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SR2KWNB

For more information or to provide further comment, please contact Dan Forbes at Skills CFA on 020 7091 9620, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Recruitment Apprenticeships Webinar

Skills CFA, Skillsfirst Awards and the Institute or Recruiters (IOR) will be hosting a webinar about Recruitment Apprenticeships on Thursday December 4 2014 at 13:30.

During the Recruitment webinar Sian Warr (Skills CFA), Ian Sugarman (Skillsfirst Awards) and Jo Gregory (IOR) will be giving an overview of the range of Recruitment apprenticeships available, discussing how providers can deliver Recruitment apprenticeships and the benefits of Recruitment apprenticeships for employers and the UK Recruitment Industry as a whole.

There will be the opportunity to participate in a live QA throughout the webinar with questions being answered at the end.

Please register for the webinar here:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1346488690230057473

Please send any questions you may wish the panel to address in the webinar to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 12:00 04/12/2014

 

Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions

Skills CFA are looking for advocates of Recruitment Apprenticeships to become Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions. The role of the Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions is to proactively promote the benefits of Recruitment Apprenticeships as an excellent way to recruit, train, motivate and develop recruitment workforces to other employers within the recruitment industry and as a career of choice to learners.  Currently we have two Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions, Paul Deen from learndirect and Colin Fowler TMX Academy.

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.

 

ACE Rejection fees postponed

One of the key business objectives of the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (FISSS) is to reduce the level of rejections relating to Apprenticeship Certification claims made through the ACE system.

Due to successful initiatives to reduce the rejection rate on ACE to below 20%, the proposed introduction of a recharging payment system for the resubmission of rejected claims has now been indefinitely postponed.

Please click here for more news and information from FISS.

 

EU-KOREA SMILES

EU KOREA SMILES is a joint Mobility project funded by the European Union and Korean Ministry of Education (MoE), focussing on the Engineering and Business Studies sector.

The project will provide 36 EU students from Finland, Slovakia and UK, with an 8-week study and work-placement mobility in South Korea and 36 Korean students with similar mobilities in the EU between 2014-2016.
Project objectives

  1. To increase the value of student and staff transnational mobilities
  2. To develop knowledge, understanding and skills for intercultural mobilities
  3. The delivery of a customised Korean Language programme for EU and Korean students

For more information about the project objectives please view the EU-KOREA SMILES leaflet.

For more information, please contact Dan Forbes at Skills CFA on 020 7091 9620, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Scottish Project Management Apprenticeship

Skills CFA, are working with the Association for Project Management (APM) to develop a Project Management Modern Apprenticeship (at level 4), which will further develop Project Management Skills in Scotland.

We are currently consulting on the framework requirements, and would be grateful if you can spend approximately 10 minutes to let us know your views on the proposition.

You can access the survey via the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PM-MA.

 

Articles we’ve been tweeting about!

  • Apprenticeships: changing the 'not for my child' attitudes – The Telegraph says, although parents are aware that practical skills are often key to getting a job, when it comes down to it, many aren’t informed of the options. You can view the article by following this link.
  • Over 52,500 apprenticeships started in Yorkshire as more employers join scheme – Apprentice eye reports the Government recently confirmed more than 700 employers are set to join the apprentice scheme meaning that more than 1,000 employers will be involved in designing and delivering apprenticeships to meet skills gaps. You can view the article by following .this link.
  • Gothinkbig.co.uk interviews The Apprentice’s Karren Brady on business skills. You can view the article by following .this link.
 

 

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