eBriefing


July 2015

 

Certification Request Announcement

This is an important announcement in relation to apprenticeship certification requests for those learners who have completed the new qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service and Management and Leadership that came into effect as of 1 September 2014.

We have recently received a number of certification requests where the start date of the apprenticeship precedes the qualification implementation date. In relation to the new Business Administration, Customer Service and Management and Leadership qualifications, it has been agreed with FISSS we cannot accept apprenticeship certification requests with start dates that precede 1 September 2014 and where any of these new qualifications are used as the learning aim.

For a successful apprenticeship certificate to be awarded, the apprentice must have completed the qualification, or correct combination of qualifications that are specified within the framework version that was current at the time of their start date. Apprenticeship certification requests received with qualifications achieved that are not listed in the framework version that matches their start date will be rejected and an apprenticeship certificate will not be approved.

It is a legislative requirement, in terms of a minimum duration for an apprenticeship, for “actual learning” to be 12 months for 16-18 year old; this can be 6 months for those aged 19 and over, providing they have relevant RPL that has been declared. Publically funded Apprenticeships where the minimum duration requirements appear not to have been met will be referred to the Skills Funding Agency.

 

Products and Services Survey

We all need people who will give us feedback.  That’s how we improve’ – Bill Gates. 

Skills CFA would like to hear your views and opinions on what products and services you would like to see us provide, and things that you would like to see us doing.

We have created a short survey which asks some questions relating to Skills CFA product and service offer. The survey should only take around five minutes and we would really like you to share your views with us.

https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/UOyEDq

If you have any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Dan Forbes on 020 7091 9620

 

Skills CFA Frameworks

Skills CFA develop and issue pan-sector Apprenticeship frameworks Level 2-5 in England and Wales.  See the full list of Skills CFA Apprenticeship frameworks below. If you would like any further information on these frameworks then please contact the Development Team on 020 7091 9620 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Apprenticeship Framework

England
(Levels Available)

Wales
(Levels Available)

Business Administration

2, 3, 4

2, 3, 4

Business, Innovation & Growth

5

5

Campaigning

3

N/A

Contact Centres Operations

2, 3, 4

2, 3, 4

Communication Support

N/A

3

Court, Tribunal & Prosecution Operations

2, 3

N/A

Customer Service

2, 3

2, 3

Enterprise

3

N/A

Fundraising

3

N/A

Hospitality Management

4

4

HR Management

5

5

Interpretation and Translation

N/A

4

Marketing

2, 3

2, 3

Project Management

4

4

Public Relations

4

4

Recruitment

2, 3, 4

3, 4

Sales & Telesales

2, 3

2, 3, 5

Social Enterprise

N/A

3

Social Media & Digital Marketing

3, 4

3, 4

Team Leading & Management

2, 3, 4, 5

2, 3, 4, 5

Volunteer Management

3

N/A

All current and archived Skills CFA frameworks for England and Wales can be found on the AFO Library.

 

E-Learning Portal

Providers and learners can register for use of the Instructus Skills e-learning portal to gain access to the following features:

  • Instructus Skills Online ERR workbook – an updated version of the Skills CFA ERR workbook, increased coverage of the ERR unit.
  • Instructus Skills ERR Model Answerbook – a great resource for assessors, exemplary answers for the Instructus Skills ERR workbook and Skills CFA ERR workbook.
  • Access to PLTS Mapping and Qualification documents – resources for the new Diploma qualifications in Business Administration, Customer Service, and Team Leading & Management.

Download User Guide

The Instructus Skills ERR workbook and ERR Model Answerbook are available at cost. 
If your centre has over 100 learners per annum using the ERR workbook to complete the ERR component within Skills CFA apprenticeship frameworks, please contact us about purchasing a Licence agreement.  A Licence can be useful for larger centres as it allows maximum flexibility for both learners and assessors to complete the Instructus Skills ERR workbook either on a computer or paper version.  

Any queries please direct to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ACE Apprentice Consent Form

On 1 April 2015, the Federation implemented a revised and simpler process within ACE, which is designed to meet the ASCL Act requirements. Every Apprentice needs to sign a declaration form at the end of their Apprenticeship and where necessary, authorise a named third party to claim their Apprenticeship Completion Certificate on their behalf.

This new process within ACE is accompanied by the launch of a new Apprentice Consent Form which replaces the existing V3 Apprentice Declaration & Authorisation form. Although the new Apprentice Consent Form will still need to be signed by every Apprentice on completing their Apprenticeship, a copy of it will only have to be uploaded to ACE when requested by the system.

To download the form and the guidance documents please click on the below links:

 

Meet the Team - Musa Ali

  1. What do you do at Skills CFA?
  2. I am a Business Support Apprentice, working alongside the Senior Project Manager and Project Coordinator. My regular tasks include dealing with external queries with companies we work closely with as well as assisting with the development of qualifications and frameworks that impact apprentices nationwide. 

  3. How long have you been working here?
  4. I have been working with Skills CFA since December 2014, approximately six and a half months.

  5. What has been your favourite ‘project’ so far?

    My favourite project has been Korea Smiles. Skills CFA works with Slovakia, Finland and Korea on an ongoing basis on a mobility project that promotes working in different cultures. The Korea Smiles project was an intercultural module for a group of twelve Korean students over the course of four weeks, with one four hour session each week. What I did was engage with the students and gather an understanding of what they thought and had learned about British culture. I also gave a presentation on Pakistani culture, as that is where I am originally from. This project stands out in my mind as a favourite memory because it was an out of the ordinary and unique opportunity.

  6. What was your favourite subject in school?
  7. My favourite course was GCSE History. I am interested in all history, but we learned a lot about the Cold War. I did not limit my history knowledge to this level, however, and continue to learn about such events through documentaries and my travels. Once when I was visiting Pakistan we travelled to its border with China where I saw the old railway between the two countries, which is no longer in use and now covered in forest.

  8. If you could have any career what would it be?
  9. I watched a documentary recently about a man whose actual job is to watch paint dry. He is paid to sit in a room and watch the paint dry in different conditions and lighting. But honestly I find veterinary science very interesting, in particular those who go on to become equestrian vets. My brother’s close friend is studying this and I have looked at the books and it just seems like a very interesting career.

  10. What is your favourite movie quote? Why?
  11. ‘There is no tool in the pool’, from Hot Rod. It’s almost a B-movie. Can I change mine? How about ‘with great power comes great responsibility. (Spiderman)’

  12. If you could only eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  13. Smoky enchiladas. I am not a fan of barbeque sauce but this is my exception to the rule.

  14. You can only bring three things to a desert island. What are they?
  15. I would bring a pencil and a pad of paper so I could draw. Maybe I could write about my experiences and when I was rescued it would become a best seller. I would also bring a bottle because it would come in handy, even if only to catch rainfall.

  16. If you could switch places with anyone, alive or dead, for one day, who would it be and why?
  17. I would like to be Aristotle, if only to know what Earth and Greece was like back in 300BC. It’s not to see anything in particular, just civilization in general. The contrast between then and now would be quite cool to see.

  18. Would you rather have a penguin or a unicorn?
  19. I would have a penguin because it can survive in cold conditions.

 

 

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