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National Apprenticeship Week 2017

Thursday, 02 March 2017
By: Skills CFA

National Apprenticeship Week will be from 6-10th March 2017. Always an inspiring event, this year there will be a focus on how apprenticeships lead to (and are) a 'Ladder of Opportunity'. We will illustrate this by putting up an article focusing on one of Instructus Group's own apprentices later next week.

Apprenticeships are going through a major change at the moment, moving from Frameworks to Standards. Standards are designed by employer led 'Trailblazer' groups and provide an apprentice with the skills, knowledge and behaviour that their choice of occupational path truly needs.

Apprenticeships are vital to the UK, closing skills gaps and ensuring the country is as productive and economically viable as possible. So how are apprenticeships faring at the moment?

  • 2.4 million apprenticeships were started in England during the last Parliament
  • So far 624,000 apprenticeship starts have been reported since May 2015
  • The government invested £1,559,771 in apprenticeships during the 2014/15 academic year
  • Apprenticeship participation increased to 899,400 in the 2015/16 academic year, up 3.2 per cent on 2014/15 and the highest number on record

We will be tweeting more apprenticeship facts over the next week, so do please follow us on Twitter or visit and like us on Facebook.

Skills CFA

SASE FRAMEWORK Information: 4th Batch Withdrawal and Survey

Monday, 27 February 2017
By: Skills CFA

The SFA has recommended the following list of Frameworks for withdrawal (4th Batch). Please note: The last date for new starts on these frameworks is proposed as 31 March 2018.

Code Apprenticeship Framework name Levels included
620 Business and Professional Administration Full framework (Level 4)
406 Court, Tribunal and Prosecution Operations Level 2 only
488 Customer Service Full framework (Level 2,3)
580 Hospitality Management Full framework (Level 4)
574 Human Resource Management Full framework (Level 5)
487 Management Full framework (Level 2,3,4,5)
573 Project Management Full framework (Level 4)
594 Recruitment Full framework (Level 2,3,4)
485 Sales and Telesales Level 3 only

The SFA are currently asking for feedback on the above. If your organisation would like any of these frameworks to be kept in place after the planned withdrawal, please complete the consultation survey, ensuring your response covers:

  • Expected demand for the Framework
  • Employers that require this and why another framework isn’t suitable
  • What skills gap the withdrawal of this framework will create
  • Any additional information to help create the case for keeping the framework including whether you feel there isn’t a suitable Trailblazer standard available to use

The final list of Batch 4 withdrawals will be announced in May 2017, allowing approximately 9 months' notice in advance of the final date of withdrawal. However, the framework withdrawal date could be deferred if there is clear and strong evidence to suggest that:

  • Standards due to be in place by April 2018 will not cover some occupations covered by the framework’s pathway
  • There are reasons why the replacement Standard(s) cannot be ready for learners from April 2018

All Frameworks proposed for withdrawal have replacement Standards to cover the relevant occupations (or will be ready by 1st April 2018). The consultation survey will be open for feedback from Wednesday 22 February to Wednesday 5 April 2017.

A full list of frameworks included in this current proposal is available on GOV.UK.

For further information, refer to the Removal of apprenticeship frameworks page on GOV.UK or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Skills CFA

SummitSkills transfer of work

Monday, 13 February 2017
By: Skills CFA

As you are aware SummitSkills will be closing at the end of March this year. To ensure that critical activities you require in regard to Apprenticeship Frameworks continue beyond that point we have been working with FISSS to ensure that Apprenticeship Framework management and Apprenticeship Framework certification functions continue into the future.

The FISSS Board met last week and have decided to award this work to Instructus to take forward. They will be working with SummitSkills over the next few weeks to manage a smooth transition. Our aim is that you notice no change in the service we currently deliver and the existing service continues as normal.

Instructus will be in touch with you shortly to reassure you that the normal service will continue on the current basis .

Skills CFA

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. .