This year we are reviewing a number of qualifications and standards and are putting them to consultation. In this month's eBriefing, we invite you to take part in our surveys on revised standards for bidding and tendering and parking administration. Your expertise is also needed in our Higher Apprenticeships 2013 consultation on changes in pan sector frameworks. We also update you on our work to keep business skills embedded in the government's Traineeship programme. WorldSkills is going to Germany next month! How will you support skills? Find out how you can support Team UK below.
Have Your Say on Professional Standards for Bidding and Tendering
We are currently developing a new suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for professional bid writers.
These standards describe what individuals need to do, know, and understand in order to work within the profession.
The aim of the project is to create a set of standards which reflect current practice, skills and knowledge, and ensure that the functions reflect the needs of organisations across all sectors of the UK economy.
As part of the project, we have developed an online survey to gather your feedback on the draft functional map. The functional map describes, in a structured way, the functions carried out by professionals involved in bidding and tendering.
Lend us your expertise by identifying whether you think the functions we have identified accurately reflect the work undertaken within the profession.
It should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete the survey.
Deadline: Friday 5 July 2013.
All information provided will be treated in confidence and will not be passed onto a third party. Your responses will remain confidential so please feel free to be as open and honest as you can.
Specialist Parking National Occupational Standards Review
We are currently reviewing the parking administration suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and would like to invite parking industry professionals to help ensure these standards reflect best practice.
These standards describe what individuals need to do, know, and understand in order to work within the profession. Your expertise will help make them accurate and up-to-date.
Together with the British Parking Association (BPA), we have reviewed and updated the existing NOS. The standards also aim to cater to organisations across all sectors in the UK economy.
Deadline: Friday 5 July 2013.
All information provided will be treated in confidence and will not be passed onto a third party other than the BPA.
Supporting Employers to Deliver Apprenticeships
The National Apprenticeship Service is providing a toolkit to support large employers to understand, deliver and develop apprenticeships for their business.
Whether new to apprenticeships or looking to develop an existing programme, the toolkit can help employers to find information, inspiration and practical ideas.
The toolkit promises to assist employers in deciding whether an apprenticeship is right for them, provide guidance to evolve existing training programmes, and explain different delivery models.
Apprenticeship Qualifications Under Review
The review aims to ensure the qualifications continue to meet the needs of employers and reflect the most up-to-date practices in industry.
Business Skills Guidance for Traineeships
Traineeships are part of the latest government programme to support young people and we are working to make sure business skills are built into the package.
Traineeships focus on young people who want to work, but who need extra help to gain a job, apprenticeship or continue in higher education.
They are designed to help them through the provision of:
- a high-quality work placement
- work preparation training and
- support in English and Maths.
We think business skills are integral components of any traineeship programme. Developing confidence in areas such as administration, customer service and sales may make a real difference in whether a young person is work-ready or not.
Each Traineeship will last up to six months, after which the trainee is expected to be much better placed to progress into an Apprenticeship, a sustainable job, or into continued education to develop the skills for their chosen career.
Due to start in August this year, the programme is being rolled out for 16 to 19 - year olds and will be extended to 24 year olds in due course.
We are interested in developing a guidance document which helps providers to develop and delivery traineeship packages which are focused on business skills.
Support Team UK at WorldSkills Leipzip
The UK's most talented young people will head to Germany this summer to take on the very best from across the world as they compete at WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, from 2 - 7 July 2013.
WorldSkills is the largest international skills competition in the world and is held every two years in cities around the globe.
The competition sees around 1,000 young people aged 18 - 25 come together to compete for medals in more than 40 different skills, including Electrical Installation, Cooking and Landscape Gardening.
Team UK will be hoping to build on the success of the last WorldSkills Competition, in London, 2011. At that Competition, the UK won five Gold, two Silver, six Bronze medals and 12 Medallions for Excellence.
You can support Team UK by:
- Following Team UK's journey on Twitter @WorldSkillsUK and tweet messages of support using the #WSTeamUK hashtag
- Liking the WorldSkills UK Facebook page
- Adding a Team UK supporter Twibbon to your profile photos on social media
- Posting messages of support to Team UK competitors and training team members on the Team UK microsite
- Including a story on your organisation's website and in newsletters showing support for Team UK members representing your industry.
Higher Apprenticeship Consultation: Changes to Pan-sector Frameworks
The revision of the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards in England (SASE) last March introduced changes to Higher Apprenticeship frameworks.
We are consulting on the ten pan sector frameworks affected by these changes and would like your views on how these frameworks should be adapted.
The SASE sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English apprenticeship framework. Compliance with the SASE is a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act.
The revised SASE introduced changes only affect apprenticeship frameworks at level four and above. Frameworks at levels two and three remain unaffected. Furthermore, these changes only affect English frameworks.
The key changes introduced include:
- the introduction of a minimum credit value of 90 credits for level four and level five apprenticeships, and 120 credits for level six and seven apprenticeships
- the removal of Employee Rights and Responsibilities as a mandatory component of higher apprenticeship frameworks
- the removal of Personal Learning and Thinking Skills as a mandatory component of higher apprenticeship frameworks
- the removal of functional skills as a mandatory component of higher apprenticeship frameworks
- the removal of guided learning hours as a mandatory component of higher apprenticeship frameworks.
We would be grateful for your views on how the frameworks you deliver should be adapted to these changes.
Please note that some frameworks are underpinned by qualifications which already meet minimum credit values; in these circumstances, you will not be questioned about this.
Deadline: Friday 12 July 2013