eBriefing


January 2015

 

Interpreting and Translation Higher Apprenticeship Consultation (Wales)

Skills CFA have been commissioned by UKCES to develop a Higher Apprenticeship in Interpreting and Translation.  The purpose of this survey is to consult on the proposed qualifications - Level 4 Diploma in Interpreting and the Level 4 Diploma in Translation, as well as the framework requirements.

The consultation is being undertaken to gather the views of key stakeholders, to ensure that the new qualifications and framework meet the needs of employers and learners.

You will be asked to give your feedback on aspects of the proposed qualification and framework requirements. This short survey that should only take you around five minutes to complete.

Interpreting and Translating Higher Apprenticeship – http://www.skillscfa.org/surveys.html

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.

 

Communication Support Level 3 Apprenticeship (Wales)

Skills CFA have been commissioned by UKCES to develop a Higher Apprenticeship in Communication Support for Wales.
The purpose of this survey is to consult on the proposed combined qualification - Level 3 Diploma in Communication Support, as well as the framework requirements.

Communication Support Workers are multi-skilled, adaptable professionals able to change role to suit an individual D/deaf learner’s shifting requirements. In general the role of CSWs is to help D/deaf people to communicate in a range of environments, including schools, colleges, universities and adult education centres. Their role typically includes such things as: - Supporting people by working between spoken English and British Sign Language (BSL), with some notetaking and lipspeaking - Helping learners to understand and produce written material - Adapting learning materials and work-related materials to make them easier to understand.

Communication Support Level 3 Apprenticeship (Wales) – http://www.skillscfa.org/surveys.html

If you would like to discuss the survey further, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Digital Marketing (Scotland)

Skills CFA are working with SQA to develop a Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship, which will further develop Digital Marketing skills in Scotland. The framework will have pathways at both SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 8.

Digital Marketing is increasingly becoming an integral aspect of business marketing activities as more and more organisations are increasing their digital capacity. This means that organisations are looking for skilled workers to drive this agenda forward. This framework aims to fill this need in Scotland and ensure that Scottish organisations can maintain a competitive edge.

The survey asks a number of questions relating to the development of this apprenticeship and also in relation to framework requirements.

Communication Support Level 3 Apprenticeship (Wales) – http://www.skillscfa.org/surveys.html

If you would like to discuss the survey further, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Sales (Wales)

Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Sales (Wales) was developed in partnership with Skills CFA and the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM).  The new framework was issued on 30th December 2014. 

The apprenticeship provides employers with a high quality, nationally recognised programme which will retain talent in Sales and up skill the existing workforce to make businesses more productive, efficient and profitable.

The apprenticeship is ideal for those in job roles such as: Sales Manager, Sales Operations Manager, Sales Team Manager, and Sales Account Manager.

For more information on the Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Sales please view the framework on the AFO website here.

 

Jah-Zena’s Blog

Skills CFA hired Jah-Zena Ryan, a new Business Administration apprentices in September 2014, we have asked her to write a blog about her day to day experiences as an apprentice.

Starting my apprenticeship I was unsure of the services Skills CFA offered. I was pleased to find out that the people who I would be working with were the same people who develop and issue the Business Administration apprenticeship framework that I will be completing.

On my journey in on the first day I was not particularly happy, I was on the tube at half 8 in the morning surrounded by people, definitely not the way I like to start my day, far too early for that nonsense! Once I got in I sat for a few hours reading my employee handbook, before being introduced to all of the staff. 

Over the past 5 months I have been working on many tasks including, writing letters of support, helping with research for the development of qualifications, uploading NOS onto the database, answering queries and providing operational support where needed. I have also been helping to review Welsh qualifications on the DAQW (Database of Approved Qualifications in Wales).

The office environment is vibrant, no shade at all!

In November Skills CFA held a graduation ceremony for those who have completed Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. Being a part of the graduation was a great experience for me, as I was able to see the process leading up-to the event and the running of the event on the day. The coffee was terrible though!
So far I am enjoying my time at Skills CFA, as I have the opportunity to see and gain knowledge in the process of creating apprenticeships, not only the apprenticeship I am currently doing, but apprenticeships in general.

 

Skills CFA have issued over 200,000 Apprenticeship certificates

Since April 2012, when the ACE system was launched, Skills CFA have authorised and certificated 201,000 apprenticeship certificates in England.  The Skills CFA’s Certification team aim to continue issuing high certificate volumes whilst offering excellent customer service.

 

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.

Make your centre more visible, sign-up to the Provider Finder here.

 

Meet the Team

What’s your name?
Marina

What do you do here at Skills CFA?
I am a Business Support Executive. I check evidence online, on the ACE and ACW systems. I check that everything that has been uploaded is correct, including evidence and then I certify or reject the claims.

So, how long have you worked at Skills CFA?
3 Years.

And what’s your favourite part of your job?
I deal a lot with ACW. I am pretty much the only person who works with the Welsh side of things, so I feel as though I have a good relationship with the Welsh training providers; I feel as though I am a part of it. That makes it quite satisfying and rewarding.

What music are you listening to at the moment?
I listen to very different styles of music. This week I have been listening to quite a bit of dance music.

Do have any favourite jokes?
I don’t have any. I don’t really find story jokes funny.

So who’d you think would win in a fight bear or a tiger?
A bear or a tiger?
Interesting question.  A bear.

Why?
I think they’re stronger. And they’re vegetarian, most of the time.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am from Russia; I moved here 10 years ago. I enjoy philosophy and I can also play the piano; I attended a music school for 7 years but I haven’t played in a long time.

 

Articles we’ve been tweeting about!

  • Apprenticeships contribute £5 billion to the North West’s economy.  Latest research reports found that for every £1 spent on apprenticeship, the national economy gained £21.  Read more here.
  • Apprentice to promote the benefits of vocational education in schools.  Read more here.
  • The rise of the over-60s apprentices rushing to learn new trades.  The Daily Mail reports that almost 2500 over 60s have taken up placements over the past five years.  Read more here.
  • The LSE, Standard Chartered, Societe Generale and Allianz Global Investors have taken on Business Administration apprentices as part of a new scheme started by the bourse and charity City Gateway.  Read more here.
 

 

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