October 2014 (II)


Skills CFA proposed work plan 2015/16 survey

Skills CFA would like to take this opportunity to inform you of our proposed work plans for 2015/16 and provide you with an opportunity to register your interest in working with us on the proposed projects during the next financial year.

We will use this information to involve you in our projects in 2015/16, as well as support our submission of planned activities to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the organisation which funds much of the work undertaken by Skills CFA.

Please register your interest - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CFA-2015_16


Procurement and Supply Management National Occupational Standards Consultation - 1 week left to have your say!

Skills CFA have launched a consultation on the draft National Occupational Standards (NOS) in Procurement and Supply Management.

The draft NOS are made up of work-related statements which identify what an individual needs to know and be able to do, when carrying out functions related to procurement and supply management.

The consultation asks individuals whether the draft NOS reflect current practice, skills and knowledge and whether it accurately represents procurement and supply professionals across all sectors of the UK economy. The responses to the consultation will inform the final version of the NOS in Procurement and Supply Management, intended to be available for 01 January 2015.

The Procurement and Supply Management NOS is being developing in partnership with Skills for Logistics (SfL) and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), whose global standards the NOS are mapped against. The development of this project is also being supported by a Steering Group comprised of the following organisations:

  • Association for Project Management
  • BT
  • City of Glasgow College
  • Institute of Recruiters
  • Institute of Supply Chain Management
  • Majilis Consulting
  • National Audit Office
  • Skills for Health
  • South Wales College
  • SQA Accreditation

Have your say in our survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSM-NOS

The consultation will close on Monday 3rd November 2014.  


Sales Higher Apprenticeship consultation (Wales) – Have your say

Skills CFA in association with the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM) are developing a Higher Apprenticeship in Sales for Wales.

The aim of this consultation is to gather the view of key stakeholders for the proposed Higher Apprenticeship in Sales framework and whether it accurately represents Sales professionals in Wales; furthermore, whether the Level 5 Diploma in Sales qualification reflects current practice, skills and knowledge across all sectors of the economy within Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Please note that whereas the proposed Higher Apprenticeship in Sales will only be available in Wales, the qualification (the Level 5 Diploma in Sales, combined qualification) will also be available as a standalone qualification in England and Northern Ireland.Therefore, if your organisation is based in Wales please complete the sections concerning the qualification and the framework. If your organisation is based in England you need only to complete the section in regards to the qualification.

In particular, we would like your help in identifying any possible areas for improvement, as well as highlighting areas of particular strength within the proposed framework and qualification. We have developed an online survey to gather your feedback.

Have your say in our survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SalesNOS

Download details of the qualification to review - http://www.skillscfa.org/pdf/Level-5-Diploma-in-Sales-v1.0-(Consultation).doc

The consultation will close on Monday 3rd November 2014


Support for Communication Support Workers (Wales)

Skills CFA has been commissioned by UKCES to develop a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship for Communication Support Workers in Wales.  As a process of this development we would like to gauge the level of support that there is for the framework. This is a short survey that should only take you around five minutes to complete.

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

The survey will be closed on 7 November 2014.

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.



Graduation Awards

We are hosting a graduation ceremony on 19th November 2014 to celebrate the great achievements of our Advanced and Higher Apprentices.  The graduation ceremony will culminate in guest speakers Tony Hall (Director-General of the BBC) and Tim Campbell (the original winner of the on-going television series The Apprentice) and the announcement of four new awards:

Applicants for the Advanced and Higher Apprentice of the Year awards should be able to demonstrate their exceptional occupational progress and their contribution to their workplace during their apprenticeship.

Business Apprenticeship Training Provider or Employer of the Year applicants must exhibit their commitment, contribution, and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation and apprentices.

All winners will receive an award and £750. Entries close 12th November; winners will be notified by 14th November.

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Apprenticeship Start Figures

Based on statistics from the Skills Funding Agency and Department of Business, Innovation & Skills, Skills CFA’s frameworks in Business Administration, Customer Service and Management appeared in the top five highest Apprenticeship programme starts from August 2013 to April 2014.


Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions

Skills CFA are looking for advocates of Recruitment Apprenticeships that can 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.

We would like to welcome Paul Deen as our first Recruitment Apprenticeship Champion.

‘I’m delighted to be the first person to be awarded the title of Recruitment Apprenticeship Champion.  As Head of Sales for the recruitment sector at learndirect we’ve worked hard with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive progression route from Level 2 to Level 4 for the recruitment industry.  Our recruitment framework gives learners who are new to the industry, or professionals who are looking to up skill, the opportunity to participate in one to four years of measured and job specific training whilst in their role.  I’m very proud to have been part of the development journey which started in 2011.  With the recent addition of a recruitment resourcing framework we’re confident the recruitment apprenticeship is suitable for all recruitment professionals, whether you work in commercial recruitment, in-house or RPO.  For more details on learndirect’s range of courses and qualifications please contact me directly at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


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