Newsletter & Bids 17 2018
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The Workforce Development Trust has bought up the apprenticeships division of People 1st, after it went bust earlier this week, FE Week can reveal.
The deal, which is set to be announced on Monday, means that People 1st will continue to deliver apprenticeship external quality assurance under its new owners.
The employment and learning consultancy charity’s demise, confirmed on Thursday morning, sent shockwaves across the sector. It was one of five EQA providers approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships, and covered ten popular standards in the retail, hospitality and travel sectors.
FE Week revealed on Friday evening that the WDT, which includes Skills for Health and Skills for Justice, was in talks with the Institute for Apprenticeships to take over this important activity. But, according to an announcement from the trust seen by FE Week, the deal goes even further than that. It says that WDT has acquired “key strategic elements” of People 1st which will allow the employment and learning consultancy charity to “continue as a standalone organisation”. This is another crazy situation but one of many to hit the industry read more at; https://feweek.co.uk/2018/04/28/charity-set-to-announce-purchase-of-people-1st/
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The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) collects workforce data from across the FE sector in England to inform government policy and provide data for representative sector bodies. ETF collects this data through the national FE workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. All ESFA-funded learning providers are required to register on the service to receive relevant information about annual workforce data returns. Please check if you are registered If your organisation is not already registered, please register as directed.
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Leading businesses are being urged to grasp the opportunity of working with the government to develop prestigious new T level qualifications. Skills Minister Anne Milton has called on industry experts from agriculture, environmental and animal care; business and administration; hair and beauty; creative and design; and catering and hospitality to join the influential T level employer panels and help develop the outline content for new qualifications.
T levels are new courses, which will be on a par with A levels and provide young people with a genuine choice between technical and academic education post 16. The first subjects in digital, education and childcare, and construction will be taught from 2020.
Skills Minister, Anne Milton said:
T levels are about giving greater choice to young people to get the skills they need to achieve good jobs. It is also about businesses – we know they are crying out for a skilled workforce and T levels will create the next generation of talented employees for them.
We are already working with top industry leaders and want even more to join us to make this a success for individuals, businesses and the economy.
T level content is already being developed with the help of top firms like Rolls-Royce, IBM, Lloyds and Morphy Richards, among others.
The Department for Education wants business representatives to step-up and help design the new qualifications in T level routes which will be delivered from 2022:
- agriculture, environmental and animal care
- business and administration
- hair and beauty
- creative and design
- catering and hospitality
Businesses can apply to be part of the T level qualification panels. The closing date for applications is 5pm Tuesday 8 May 2018. Applications at
The Young Review Independent Advisory Group (IAG) was established three years ago to improve outcomes for black and/or Muslim young men aged 16-24 in the criminal justice system. Baroness Lola Young has been integral to the review’s activities and chaired the IAG for the past three years. She has decided to step down as chair and it is now seeking a new chair to lead the third phase of the work. It is looking for a senior individual who can be an effective advocate and lead the IAG through this next phase.
The work of the IAG over the last three years has included working with the Ministry of Justice and other government agencies. The successful candidate will be a leader and a successful, high achieving individual in their own field and with the ability to navigate a complex political environment with high level personal influencing skills. The chair must share and champion the values of the IAG
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Hi I am Ray Quintal. I am writing to introduce myself and provide you with more information regarding our course and the forthcoming Assessment Day. My role is Head of Business Development and Programme Lead for our exciting new NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Careers Information, Advice or Guidance.
Our course is free and funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The course is specifically designed to appeal to both employed and unemployed learners and provide a vocational qualification to underpin knowledge and professional expertise in Information, Advice or Guidance.
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The ninth Festival of Education at Wellington College is now only 2 months away and this year’s event is shaping up to be another inspiring occasion.
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This year we are incorporating new strands to the Festival including SEND, #WomenED and a Literary Festival. These will take place alongside around 200 other sessions at the premier education event of the summer. Hundreds of speakers and sessions have already been announced. And there is still plenty more incredible content to be announced. Across two days over 4,000 education professionals will attend hundreds of thought-provoking sessions from some of education’s leading thinkers. The Festival is no ordinary education event. Taking inspiration from other well-known art and entertainment festivals, we provide outstanding content within a Festival environment.
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The National Information Centre on Children of Offenders, formerly i-HOP, has been established to provide an information service for all professionals who come into contact with the children and families of offenders, as well as academics and those responsible for strategic development and commissioning. The Centre is delivered by Barnardo’s in partnership with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).
At least 1,000 learners that failed their courses last year are now being told they’ve passed, after a government U-turn over the rules for two major vocational qualifications.
Under the original rules for reformed level three applied general and tech level qualifications, introduced for teaching from 2016, learners had to pass all their externally-assessed exams to achieve their qualifications.
But that requirement has now been scrapped, leading Ofqual to write to awarding organisations last month to ask them to create a “safety net” for learners that had narrowly failed one or more of their exams. Awarding giant Pearson, whose BTECs account for the majority of the qualifications affected, has confirmed to FE Week that some learners are having their previous failures reversed. “Some learners who sat externally-assessed units in 2017 and 2018 are now eligible to achieve a qualification when previously they weren’t,” a spokesperson said.
“We have communicated with all providers about this change to ensure that all learners receive the qualification they deserve.” This includes learners on the two-year courses, who are due to complete their qualifications this summer, as well as those on one-year foundation courses who finished their courses last summer.
FE Week understands that around 1,000 learners studying BTECs last year have been affected by the rule change. However, the actual number could be higher as other awarding organisations, including OCR, AQA and City and Guilds also offer their own versions of the qualifications. An assessment expert, who did not want to be named, told FE Week that the Department for Education had been behind the original rule – but was forced to give way to pressure from Ofqual and awarding bodies after seeing the initial exam results.
The rule change would affect both providers and learners, he said.
Providers’ achievement rates would have been affected by learners that failed under the previous rules, and for some the hit could have been “quite substantial”.
But he said the biggest impact was likely to be on the learners that have “lost out” on a year of education or training, having previously believed they’d failed.
Some would have dropped out of their courses after the first year, or are now needlessly repeating a year. Others would have been unable to progress onto other forms of training, including apprenticeships, he said. According to Ofqual statistics, there were 144,855 tech level certificates issued in 2016/17, and 222,445 applied general certificates.
Pearson, through its BTECs, has by far the largest share of both: 79,970, or 55 per cent, of the tech levels and 180,225 or 81 per cent of the applied general.
Other awarding bodies to offer them include University of the Arts London and OCR, which had a nine and six per cent share respectively of applied general qualifications in 2016/17. And City and Guilds was the second largest awarding body for tech levels, responsible for 31,945 or 22 per cent of certificates. An Ofqual spokesperson said it was “pleased” that Pearson had applied the change to BTECs “to address the unfair disadvantage for students, in comparison with those taking older versions of the qualifications or A levels, when applying for university places”.
“In weighing up the need to make changes to their qualifications, we asked awarding organisations to ensure appropriate standards were achieved in these new qualifications.”
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Also it appears No employer groups have taken advantage of the Institute for Apprenticeships’ new rules for including qualifications in apprenticeships, FE Week can reveal. The IfA announced in February, as part of its reform programme to make the approval of standards “faster and better”, that off-the-job technical qualifications could now be included in apprenticeships – news that was welcomed by many across the sector.
But the first window for employer groups to request a revision to an existing standard following the rule change closed on April 11 without a single bid to add a qualification, a spokesperson for the IfA has said. One employer group asked for a qualification in a standard that’s still in development, although it’s not clear if it was one that wouldn’t have been allowed under the old rules. The IfA refused to comment on the lack of applications, claiming that it is “very early days”. However, Mark Dawe, the chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, suggested a lack of promotion by the IfA could be behind the absence of submissions. “We simply didn’t know this was happening, so if we didn’t know, would other stakeholders know?” he said.
Paul Eeles, chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, expects there to be far more interest in the coming months. “As this change beds in and employers become more aware of what is now likely to be acceptable when they are submitting their apprenticeship standards, we believe that the inclusion of qualifications will become more commonplace,” he said.
He pointed out that the change is “not a move to allow all types of qualifications to be included in apprenticeship standards” which means employer groups “still face restrictions on what they can include” in apprenticeships. FE Week exclusively revealed in early February that the IfA would overturn previously strict rules that limited the types of qualifications that could be included in apprenticeship standards.
The change was confirmed the following week, as part of the institute’s “faster and better” reform programme. Qualifications could formerly only be mandated in a standard where it was a regulatory requirement required by a professional body, or such a “must-have in the labour market that an apprentice would be disadvantaged in job applications without it”.
The new rules now allow “an off-the-job technical qualification that does not accredit full occupational competence and would either add breadth to the apprenticeship or provide structure for the off-the-job training” to be made mandatory in an apprenticeship.
And a bar on including qualifications still in development, introduced last summer, was overturned. These changes applied to both new standards and those still in developments.
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