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Welsh Customer Service Apprenticeship Framework Review

Thursday, 05 January 2017
By: Skills CFA
 

Instructus Skills have been commissioned to undertake a review of the Customer Service apprenticeship framework for Wales. Please note, we are only reviewing the Welsh Customer Service apprenticeship framework and are not reviewing the combined qualifications within the framework (Level 2 / Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service).

It’s essential that we get views from Welsh employers and key stakeholders as part of the review process. 

This survey should take around 10 minutes to complete. All information provided will be treated in confidence. The deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 16 January. If you have any further questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Marina Popova on 0207 091 9620.

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Framework Withdrawal Batch 3 Information

Thursday, 05 January 2017
By: Skills CFA
 

Following on from July 2016's framework consultation, the SFA has announced that Batch 3 frameworks will be withdrawn for new starts from 1st October 2017, meaning that the last date for new starts will be 30th September 2017.

The full list of frameworks to be withdrawn can be found here.

Important: Additional information

The following Instructus (formerly Skills CFA) frameworks were reviewed as part of the consultation process, and it was decided they would not be withdrawn (pending further review in Spring 2017):

  • Human Resource Management (including higher level)
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing (including higher level)
  • Court, Tribunal and Prosecution Operations

Further Government information about the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks can be found here.

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Season's Greetings from Instructus

Friday, 23 December 2016
By: Skills CFA
 

We would like to take to this opportunity to thank you for all your feedback over 2016, such as taking our surveys (ranging from learning materials to End Point Assessment) and engagement with us over important consultations and announcements (and you know we had to mention it): the Levy.

As ever, we will be keeping our finger on the pulse in 2017 and will be bringing you news, updates and interesting announcements.

Wishing you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The Instructus Team

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Reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards

Friday, 18 November 2016
By: Skills CFA
 

Instructus Skills are reviewing the Interpreting National Occupational Standards. The aim of the review project is to create a revised set of standards which reflect interpreting current practice and the skills and knowledge required by professional interpreters. 

Instructus Skills have developed an online survey to gather feedback on:

a) the proposed re-structuring of the interpreting NOS suite
b) the high level functional map for professional interpreters. 

The functional map describes, in a structured way, the functions carried out by professional interpreters. We would therefore like to ask for your help in identifying whether you think the functions accurately reflect the work undertaken by professional interpreters. 

This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. All information provided will be treated in confidence. The deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 19 December. 

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Apprenticeship Funding Announcement

Wednesday, 26 October 2016
By: Skills CFA
 

The Government has published (25/10/16) its Apprenticeship Funding proposals for May 2017.  The consultation process began in August and garnered 892 responses. The object of the proposal is “simplify some of the complex arrangements that currently exist” and so “Funding will follow employer choice, moving away from the current provider-led model and meaning providers will have to be much more responsive to what employers need.”

The main changes to the proposal (after the consultation process) and points of interest:

  • Additional 20 per cent of funding (to maximum of band limit) for 16-18 year-old. This is on top of the £1,000 provider and £1,000 employer incentive.
  •  £60m funding for additional support for apprentices from disadvantaged areas
  • Expiry of funds in digital accounts extended from 18 to 24 months
  • Relaxing provider registry rules (and allowance for sub-contracting)
  • In depth report on equality in apprentice funding for ‘protected’ groups (see link to equality analysis below)

Apprenticeship funding from May 2017: equality analysis