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Strict rules that apprenticeships cannot involve qualifications look set to be reversed, potentially unsticking a series of standards held up for years by the ban.

It’s expected that  Apprenticeships will announce that qualifications, such as technical certificates that show evidence of knowledge, will be considered in the future.

Both existing qualifications and those in development will be covered in the rule change, representing a significant U-turn on previous guidance.

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All vocational teachers and trainers, consciously or unconsciously, can support their learners’ English development. This is because English is required to carry out almost all vocational tasks and is the medium through which learners demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Participants will build on knowledge and techniques developed on the introductory VR course or through prior experiences of developing embedded English programmes.

Have you read the updated apprenticeship qualification achievement rates specification 2016 to 2017 and education and training qualification achievement rates specification 2016 to 2017

The document setting out how education and training qualification achievement rates are calculated for 2016/2017 has been updated over versions one and two.

A summary is provided at the beginning of the document and it can be downloaded from the website here: Updated achievement rates

We have two fantastic value courses running in February covering the mandatory training required from an employer.

We are offering Level 2 qualifications in Health and Safety and First aid at work.

Both qualification are designed to provide your staff with knowledge of the basic health and safety practices essential in the workplace and basic first aid practices including managing unresponsive casualties.

Details of the individual courses and how to book can be found on the events page of our website

Last Friday (12th Jan 2018) the ESFA opened the Advanced Learner Loan facility to allow new applications for funding, growth or even reductions in your allocation.

If you already have a loan facility you can use the change request form to ask for an increase or reduction, or to have your loan facility and loans bursary funding removed.

If you do not have a loan facility you can use the first-time request form to request one; you must currently hold an adult education budget or apprenticeship funding agreement, and have held it since at least the 2015 to 2016 funding year.