Newsletter & Bids 30 2017

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Dear Members


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Diversity is an important topic that’s often overlooked, but at the Apprenticeships4England event last week it took centre stage. 

One of the event’s keynote speakers is living proof of the #GetInGoFar apprenticeship movement. Former Arsenal youth player Chris Achiampong is a young black man from African descent, and now an apprentice ace with IBM. He explained how his family didn’t know much about apprenticeships and pushed him to go to university instead. Chris turned down his university place when he discovered the IBM apprenticeship programme and has never looked back. He’s an inspiring role model and strong advocate for apprenticeships – we all need to take a leaf out of Chris’s book and promote apprenticeships for everyone.

At OneFile, we’re passionate about apprenticeships – and like Chris, aim to spread the word about apprenticeships everywhere we go. That’s what was so great about the Apprenticeships4England event. We spoke to lots of like-minded people about the benefits apprenticeships provide for young people, and discussed new ways to increase diversity, equality and inclusion in the apprenticeship sector.

As an exhibitor, we also highlighted the ways OneFile supports diversity. Our learning software monitors equality and diversity performance and has customisable features that cater to users with learning disabilities – ensuring everyone has equal opportunities to reach their potential. Alan Davies Strategy Director OneFile

There is always a risk in the education sector of an abrupt or sudden change in policy and direction, so we should feel positively about the recent Secretary of State’s speech to the British Chambers of Commerce that reaffirmed the emphasis on creating a level playing field between academic and technical education. This gives the sector and everyone who plays a part in it, a clear direction of travel.

Over the coming months, the sector has the opportunity to take ownership of the changes and be confident about the contribution we can all make – whether this is championing T-levels, Apprenticeship reforms or talking up the importance of a technical education revolution. As the newsletter sets out with information on the launch of the Advanced Teacher Status, the ETF is doing all it can to show how the sector is self-improving to meet the challenges ahead.  This renewed and welcome focus on the importance of our sector is an opportunity for us to be in the driving seat and I believe the time has now come for our sector to shine. David Russell CEO Education and Training Foundation

 Then just after this comes the news The first T-levels will be delayed until September 2020 – a year later than planned – the government has announced

The first two pathfinder qualifications were supposed to be approved by February 2019, with teaching to commence from that September, according to England’s post-16 skills plan, published July 2016 and based on the recommendations from the Sainsbury review of technical education.  The remaining routes were then intended to be phased in from 2020 to 2022, a timescale that had been branded “impossible” by several major awarding bodies including City & Guilds. Read more on this at

 Training provider removed from apprenticeship register after Tes informs Department for Education of ongoing police fraud investigation.  A training provider was approved to deliver apprenticeships by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), despite being the subject of an ongoing fraud investigation by police.

A total of 12 individuals with links to UKRS Training, which delivers training for the railway industry, have been arrested by British Transport Police, 10 of whom on suspicion of “supplying articles to commit fraud”.

The force says the investigation is ongoing, and that the individuals have been released on bail until next month. The provider has also been suspended from delivering rail safety training by Network Rail since March. But UKRS was added to the ESFA’s register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) on 17 May, making it eligible to deliver apprenticeships using the Department for Education’s apprenticeship service.

‘Serious concerns’

The DfE has refused to disclose whether it was aware of the criminal investigation when the provider was added to the register. But after Tes provided this information to the department, UKRS Training was removed from the register on Monday.

Shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden described the case as “extremely concerning”.  “I will be writing to the secretary of state and the skills minister, as I think this is a very important issue that has the capacity to damage the reputation of the register,” he added.

Mark Dawe, chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, said the case raises “serious concerns” about the RoATP vetting process.

UKRS offers apprenticeships and training for the rail industry, and was in January 2017 listed on the former Skills Funding Agency’s subcontracting register. The LTE Group (formerly known as The Manchester College Group) has confirmed that it used UKRS as a subcontractor of its apprenticeships unit from July 2014 to July 2016. “This contract was monitored in line with our quality-assurance processes,” a spokesman said.

Documents from the Competition Appeal Tribunal from October 2016 reveal that UKRS was at that point under investigation by British Transport Police.

Asked about its investigation of UKRS, British Transport Police says: “To date there has been 12 arrests and enquiries are ongoing at this time.” The police add that 10 of those people had been arrested on suspicion of “supplying articles to commit fraud”, and all have been bailed to return in August. Two women were also “released under investigation”.


The ESFA have this week sent out the document which Sets out the common standard for the provision of assurance in relation to funding of post-16 providers. Includes guidance on the annual assurance arrangements for sixth-form and further education colleges and their auditors this can be found at


This week the Testing live apprenticeship vacancies on the careers service

Helen Cassidy, tells us 20 July 2017 — on what they are starting to call the Citizen digital service : In recent user testing of the digital careers service, we have had our eyes well and truly opened about what users think of apprenticeships as a career choice. We’ve been looking at what we need to do to support and help them in understanding specific routes into work.

Many of the 16 to 18 year olds we tested with were self-aware enough to know when they didn’t want to pursue full-time education beyond sixth form.  Many said, although they had started sixth form, they didn’t feel they were doing well and wanted to have a plan beyond the current academic year.  The priority for this user group was to get into the workplace and gain experience as well as to earn some money.

We chose these early adopters of the service to test with because our focus was to better understand those who feel sure they don’t want to continue to follow an academic path but want to find routes into work.  We had already heard from this user group, through discovery and alpha research that they felt like they hadn’t received any careers advice at school and that they were a bit confused about their choices.

 Using job profiles

Web analytics tell us that around 75% of current users of the National Careers Service arrive straight into our job profiles via an internet search, using terms such as:

“How to become a social worker…(police officer, train driver…or whatever specific specialism, role or job they are interested in).” 

The early user tests were set up to help the team understand how a young person consumes our job profile information, and if or how they use it to make decisions about their futures.

The initial findings were clear and confirmed what we had prototyped and tested in alpha. Users want to browse, search, and consume information about the careers they are interested in…phew!  Users also want to understand very quickly what salary they can expect, the working environment, average weekly hours involved and whether they have the skills needed to do the job now or if they need to re-train.

 Thinking about apprenticeships

Surprisingly, and without prompt, 16, 17 and 18 year olds were referring to apprenticeships a lot during the testing of the profiles.  Many admitted they had thought about apprenticeships lately but most would like to pursue a career in the thing they were most interested in.  We heard comments like:

“It’s easier to get a job if you’ve been an apprentice because if you go to uni and get a degree, there isn’t 100% chance that you’re going to get a job.”

We had already unearthed the non-age specific user need to get to live job vacancies from our service. Hearing this reaction about apprenticeships from a series of younger users quickly helped us arrive at the decision to feed live apprenticeship vacancies into the heart of the job profile.

I didn’t know I could do that!

Initial testing has revealed that live apprenticeship vacancies are helpful to this user group in facilitating a meaningful, onward journey from the job profile.  In particular, it proved helpful to some users to know that apprenticeships existed in the field they were interested it.

In our initial release we intend to reveal the most recent and relevant vacancies by mapping apprenticeship vacancies to our structured job profiles which are underpinned by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes.  Users have responded well and we have heard comments like:

“I didn’t know you could do that as an apprenticeship.”

By revealing a couple of vacancies only, the user is reassured that there may be an opportunity for them in their local area, in the thing they wish to pursue as a career.  Early indications show that users would potentially click through to Find an Apprenticeship to do a more thorough search to suit their specific needs.

Smooth transition

It’s early days in the digital careers service beta build but it is promising to see that a good percentage of our service users can potentially experience a smooth transition between our citizen-facing services.  In joining up our data, we can support future apprenticeship journeys that may have never emerged, had they not searched for “How do I become a…?” and landed in on a careers service profile

Haringey council has come under fire from opposition members and local MPs over plans for a controversial £2bn regeneration scheme. The London borough’s cabinet agreed earlier this month to transfer tens of millions of pounds worth of public land, including council homes, civic buildings and commercial units into the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), which is a joint venture between the local authority and developers Lendlease. The council hopes the combination of its land and Lendlease’s expertise will help spearhead the large-scale redevelopment of various parts of the borough. However, the plans have met with large-scale opposition over what will happen to existing tenants and leaseholders. Last week, the Liberal Democrat group called a meeting of Haringey’s scrutiny committee, which took place last night to consider their demands for a vote on the HDV at full council. After a lengthy meeting, the committee agreed to refer it back to the cabinet

Perry lets us know that Pearson can now confirm that starting from 4 September 2017 we will be transferring all our onscreen assessments from Promissor to POP, as the version of Promissor which we have been using for most of our onscreen assessments will be decommissioned after 26 November 2017. We will be sending this message today to all centres using Promissor informing them of the transition dates. Further support and training will be made available to centres nearer to the time.


The Apprenticeship Levy Conference at the The Welcome Centre, Coventry: 22nd August 2017. Come and hear from Apprenticeship Sector Experts: What has happened since the start of the levy 4 months ago.

​Hear from training providers, trailblazer’s groups chairs who lead on the new apprenticeship standards, sector membership groups and also businesses who are now paying the apprenticeship levy. More speakers will be added daily

The Agenda will be published once we have more confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers will be presenting on

  • Tony Allen:Conference Chair: CEO Allen Apprenticeships and Skills, Former Director, Former Director Skills Funding Agency: Large Companies.
  • Peter Marples: CEO Found 3aaa

Presentation Title: Experiences of working in the levy market this past 12 months

  • Beej Kaczmarczyk: Director at Learning Curve Group
  • Presentation Title: How to make the most of the Levy – working effectively with employers/
  • Matt Garvey:Managing Director at West Berkshire Training Consortium:

Presentation Title: ‘How it’s NOT a race to the bottom – price v quality’

  • Bob Rose:Interim Director of Apprenticeships, Brockenhurst College

Presentation Title: A ‘real reflection’ of the challenges Colleges are facing with the reforms and  how we’ve overcome some (but not all)…?

  • Ben Pike:Director of QA Apprenticeships,
  • Presentation Title
  • Anthony Elgey: General Manager MP-Futures MP-Futures (Sector Standards Organisation) Chair of Trailblazers Group ESFA  Presentation Title:

·        ·Richard Marsh: Apprenticeship Partnerships Director: Kaplan

·Presentation Title: Apprenticeships 2019 – the end of the reforms

Graham Hasting-Evans NOCN End Point Assessment

·           CMI Speaker to Confirmed

  • Pearson PLC:  Levy Paying Employer: Speaker Anne Ashworth
  • SEMTA: – engineering skills for the future. Led by employers, our job is to transform the skills and productivity of the people who power our engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies sectors, enabling UK industry to compete on the global stage
  • SIKA Group Levy Paying Employer
  • TATA Steel

Trailblazers Group Chairs Attending

  1. Stephen Latham,           Chair Motorcycle Technician Trailblazer Group
  2. Ange McGregor,             Chair of the Waste Resource Operative trailblazer level 2 and 4.
  3. Jo North                           Chair of the Education and Training Trailblazer Leadership Group
  4. Scott Parkin FIEP,           Chair (on behalf of the IEP) the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group.
  5. Diane Hey,                       Vice Chair Beauty Professional Standard Trailblazer Group
  6. Julie Hyett,                      Chair of the insurance Trailblazer Group, we’ve developed level 3,4 and 6 Standards.
  7. Mark Burgess,                 Chair Maritime Trailblazer Group
  8. CMI                                    Management Trailblazers Group
  9. Simon Francis:                 Chair of the Public Relations & Communications Apprenticeship trailblazer.
  10. Joce Brooks:                    Co-Chair of sporting excellence trailblazer group
  11. Nick Maidment:               Chair the Automotive Retail Trailblazer
  12. Greg Warman:                 Deputy Chair of the Veterinary Nursing Trailblazer
  13. Janet Francis:                   Chair Passenger Transport Trailblazer
  14. Alison Adams:                  Chair Data Scientist Level 6 Trailblazer.
  15. Pat Allen:                           Chair Fire, Emergency and Security Systems Trailblazer
  16. Anthony Elgey                 Chair Mineral Trailblazer Group
  17. Mark Buxton                     Chair Construction & Highways Trailblazer Group
  18. Alison Lamplough           Chair Assembly Technician, Lifting Technician, Piling and  Engineering Technician Trailblazer Groups.
  19. Keith Donnelly                 Chair Carpentry/Joinery) & Deputy Chair Construction Trailblazer Group
  20. Carol Stone                      Chair of the Youth Work Trailblazer group

Tip of the week I: 50% off Moscow State Circus tickets. Details

Tip of the week 2: 47% off a holiday in Agadir. Details

Tip of the Week 3: Two hanging baskets for £14.99. Details


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