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Apprenticeships: Positive change for many businesses

Apprenticeships: Positive change for many businesses

Almost two years after the launch of the apprenticeship levy, the government’s drive to promote apprenticeships as the key means of upskilling UK workers comes under scrutiny this month during the 12th annual National Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8) and in the run-up...

Prime Minister – I’m Sorry!

Prime Minister – I’m Sorry!

I feel incredibly guilty. I fear that the mess we are in on with Brexit is almost entirely my fault. If I'd called the new Prime Minister in June 2016 and offered her and a few of her ministerial colleagues a place on one of our Lean Six Sigma courses, I think we...

End Point Assessment – What’s the Point?

End Point Assessment – What’s the Point?

Our first cohorts of Apprentices are going through End Point Assessment and as an organisation, with our partners, we are all learning a lot in a short space of time. All those thoughts, worries, fears and fantasies are here now and they may be approaching for others...

Inspecting the RoATP Inspections

Inspecting the RoATP Inspections

During 2018, OFSTED (@ofstednews) have been making judgements of 'Insufficient', 'Reasonable' or 'Significant' on new providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers against three key areas; Leadership, Quality and Safeguarding, to ensure new providers...

Apprenticeships Work

Apprenticeships Work

When the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in April 2017, many employers were sceptical about whether it could work, and it was seen in some cases as just another tax. As a result, some businesses put a hold on their commissioning of apprenticeship programmes while...

Subcontracting – Rewriting the Narrative

Subcontracting – Rewriting the Narrative

Subcontracting of apprenticeship provision is a hot topic at the moment. @AELP, @OFSTEDnews, @feweek and others have weighed into the debate and @ESFAgov have just published guidance on practical examples of policy application. The guidance tells us that...

Apprenticeship Levy Price Ceiling – Has it Worked?

Apprenticeship Levy Price Ceiling – Has it Worked?

In May 2017, the UK Government introduced a funding system for Apprenticeships which defined 15 upper funding ceilings for apprenticeships. The government now feel that ‘employers do not feel able to negotiate on price’ (see below). Multimillion turnover organisations...

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