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Graduation Ceremony for Advanced and Higher Apprentices

Tuesday, 09 September 2014
By: Skills CFA

The event will be held on 19th November 2014 in Central Hall, Westminster, which in itself is Central London's largest Conference & Events Centre and has just been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2014 M&IT Industry Awards 2014.

Skills CFA, in association with The Association of Colleges, the National Apprenticeship Service, The Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Federation for Industry Skills and Standards will celebrate the success of advanced and higher apprenticeship achievements in business related skills.

The event also aims to raise the profile of the apprenticeship route in comparison to academic pathways. More than this, the event will look to engage with unengaged employers and apprentices as well as celebrate with providers and employers engaged with exiting apprentices.

Finally, the event will culminate in the announcement of our four awards, Business Advanced and Business Higher Apprentice of the Year, Business Apprenticeship Employer of the Year, and Business Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year.

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More information about bookings for the event will be posted on our site soon.


Translating Study into Jobs

Thursday, 12 December 2013
By: Uta

The latest CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey notes that limited knowledge of languages and cultural awareness is acting as a ‘tax on UK trade’. Skills CFA is leading on a new project working in partnership with universities in Barcelona, Mainz/Gemersheim, Krakow and Salford where employers gain highly motivated students who are keen to learn and bring fresh, creative ideas. With real clients, a brief, deadlines and high standards to be met, all sorts of skills come into play.

The European Graduate Placement Scheme (EGPS) is a new scheme which offers crucial international work placements to translation students. It has been phenomenally successful, with two thirds of translation students being offered a job in the company in which they did their placement. Now the European Graduate Placement Scheme, funded by  EU Lifelong Learning Programme, is building on that success by providing and accrediting work placements abroad as part of MA Translation Studied programme. Turn to page 20 of the Linguist Magazine to read more


Matching skills and competences, occupations and qualifications across europe: introducing esco

Thursday, 28 November 2013
By: Uta

Over the past two years, Skills CFA was part of a group of European skills advisors working on the development of a multilingual classification system to define European Skills and Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. ESCO – European Skills, Competences, Occupations & Qualifications - identifies and categorises skills and competences, qualifications and occupations in 22 European languages. It provides occupational profiles showing which competences and qualifications are relevant for an occupation. ESCO is developed in an open IT format that can be used by third parties' software. It can be accessed through the ESCO portal and is available free of charge to everyone.

Skills CFA

Future of Apprenticeships in England

Thursday, 31 October 2013
By: Skills CFA

The Government revealed plans to put apprenticeship design in the hands of employers in their implementation plan on Monday.


Are Apprenticeships the New Norm?

Wednesday, 21 August 2013
By: Martha

Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and opportunities are now widely available with over 16,000 live apprenticeship vacancies listed on the NAS website. Over 34 per cent of these vacancies fall within the Business, Administration and Law sector subject area which emphasises the vast contribution made by business-related apprenticeship programmes. The high number of vacancies is driven by the rising demand for apprenticeship places from potential apprentices, and a growing awareness from employers about the benefits apprenticeships can bring to a business.1