Apprenticeships

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:

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Research

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) has been commissioned by the Department for Education (DfE) to explore the effectiveness of funding to support apprentices with a learning difficulty or disability (LDD) and/or apprentices from a disadvantaged background.

There is growing concern at how the apprenticeship levy is operating as the number of starts continues to fall compared to pre-levy funding. In November 2017 there were 27,000 apprenticeship starts, compared to 41,600 starts at the same point in 2016/17.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Apprenticeships
Year of Publication: 
2018
Type: 
Web link

The Learning and Work Institute has published a new apprenticeships website offering guidance to employers

This toolkit is designed for employers that want to develop a more inclusive and accessible apprenticeship offer. It provides practical information, sources of support and inspirational case studies of employers who have benefited from hiring and supporting apprentices from a range of backgrounds.

www.employer-toolkit.org.uk

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Apprenticeships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education has made changes to the regular minimum English and maths requirements needed to complete an apprenticeship for people with a learning difficulty or disability who have, or previously had, an Education, Health and Care plan, a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Learning Difficulty Assessment.  These changes will allow more people to access apprenticeships. A short guidance document explaining the changes is attached.

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