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Instructus Conference ‘The Changing Landscape of Work and Skills’ - Deferred

Wednesday, 13 May 2015
By: Skills CFA


Seismic events happened in the UK last week with the unforeseen result to the general election; this outcome will change many expectations including the background to, if not the context of, our conference. The suddenly changed landscape includes newbies in political leadership roles in both Business and Skills arenas thereby impacting on our key audience, and us. There are significant macro policy promises but as yet there is no tactical detail as to how apprenticeship numbers will be grown very significantly at a time when many registrations have in fact been falling and the direction of adult skills policy is also uncertain. We need a clearer agenda to emerge as we struggle to come to terms with what the next 5 years might mean. Inevitably it will take a little time for new incumbents to get to grips with their new roles and very steep learning curves. We would also expect to see at least one of these new major political players in attendance at our conference. Due to the time required to develop this new agenda I have decided to take the unusual step of deferring our event until the autumn when more clarity should be available to employers on policy direction and therefore practical steps of more relevance can be reviewed.

Ticket holders can either retain their tickets until the new date is announced or receive a full refund pending the announcement of our revised timing.

We look forward to seeing you in the autumn.

David Holland
CEO Instructus Group

Skills CFA

CBI marks 50th anniversary with Instructus Group

Friday, 27 March 2015
By: Skills CFA

I am pleased announce Instructus Groups partnership is to celebrate 50 years of the CBI and our contribution to the commemorative book CBI: 50 Years of Business Innovation. The book was launched on the 6th of March and the event was attended by more than 300 prominent industry figures, politicians and VIP guests, including former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine, and previous CBI director-generals Lord Digby Jones and Sir Richard Lambert.

To celebrate our sponsorship of this great milestone I am pleased of offer you a copy of the eBook version to download and share with your employees, apprentices and partners. The website can be accessed at, where you will also be able to download this interactive eBook and navigate through the publication.

Instructus is featured on pages 158 -160 and I really do hope you find our contribution not only interesting, but though provoking. The contribution will also form part of our annual conference on the 8th of June, where we have lined up some truly inspiration speakers. If you would like more information please download our event brochure or contact my team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regards and happy reading.

David Holland
Chief Executive

Skills CFA

Being a Recruitment Apprenticeship Champion

Monday, 01 December 2014
By: Skills CFA

Well, I have never been a Champion before, except maybe in my dreams!

I have spent well over  twenty years working in the recruitment arena and one of the most frustratingly, constant aspects is the external view that being a recruiter is easy and requires no skills or attributes – any old salesman can do it!

Skills CFA

Guest blog: Recruitment Apprenticeship Champions

Friday, 24 October 2014
By: Skills CFA

By: Paul Deen

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.

Skills CFA

Recruitment Apprenticeships Week

Wednesday, 01 October 2014
By: Skills CFA

Instructus Skills (Skills CFA) are happy to promote recruitment apprenticeships during this weeklong campaign. The recently launched Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Recruitment Resourcing completes Instructus Skills (Skills CFA) ’s recruitment apprenticeship suite, alongside the reputable Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships.