Apprenticeships

The Open University's new report,  'Access to Apprenticeships', has found that, while two thirds of employers consider hiring candidates with disabilities for entry-level roles is an important priority for them, many feel 'unequipped' to do so - with financial barriers and lack of training meaning they aren't able to offer the correct provisions for disabled workers.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Education & training, Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Framework

Ofqual has reformed the framework of Functional Skills qualifications (FSQs) in English and maths that are offered by a number of different awarding organisations.

At levels 1 and 2 these qualifications are used in apprenticeships and they will also be used in the new T Levels. All levels are taken by a range of adult learners and some 16 to 18-year-olds.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Apprenticeships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2019
Type: 
Report

Access All Areas makes a series of recommendations about how to make apprenticeships more accessible to people with a learning disability.

Ofsted has updated its guidance on the new education inspection framework that comes into force from September 2019. Ofsted will refocus inspections of schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers, to make sure that learners are receiving a high-quality education that puts them on a path to future success.

Ofsted inspectors will spend less time looking at exam results and test data, and more time considering how a school, college or other education provider has achieved their results.

The National Apprenticeship Awards is now open for entries until 28th May. Applications must be made through the awards website www.appawards.co.uk.

There are nine categories to recognise exceptional employers, apprentices and apprenticeship champions.  

The Employer of the Year categories are open to employers from all sectors and celebrates employers who can showcase their commitment, contribution and the success that apprenticeships have brought to their organisation. 

Mencap is currently in the process of finalising a report based on a series of workshops on apprenticeships that was held earlier this year and is seeking case studies to illustrate the report and highlight the difficulties people face.

They are looking for case studies about people who fit all of the criteria below:

The Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, has launched an Inclusive Apprenticeships Action Plan aimed at removing the barriers that prevent disabled people undertaking apprenticeships.

The Education Committere has published a report on the quality of apprenticeships and skills training. According to the committee, too many apprentices are not getting the high-quality training they deserve and too many people, particularly the disadvantaged, are not being given the support they need to pursue an apprenticeship and get on in life.

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) is consulting about a new Level 4 Apprenticeship Trailblazer for the Employability sector which has been developed by the Employer Group (ETEG). The consultation is a requirement prior to submission to the Route Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA).

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research, Guidance

Exploring the funding and support for apprentices with additional support needs  was commissioned by DfE and carried out by the Learning and Work Institute. It details the findings from interviews with apprenticeship providers, employers and third party organisations. This report identifies areas to consider in the future development of apprenticeships funding policy.

The interviews explored how organisations define and identify:

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