Newsletter & Bids 47 2016

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Dear Members


EEVT ltd (EEVT) working in conjunction with SLIC training welcomes you to this week’s news round up. With some 10 new members we now go out to some 3,866 members.


Lindsay has done it again:  The Celebration of Apprenticeships Conference website is now open and is being updated daily with speakers and content.   The conference over two days will be day 1 business focused and day 2 training provision.  With the conference timed to take place weeks before the apprenticeship levy start, there will be no better time to hear about are prepared the sector or organisations that employ apprentices are. With so many constraints on budgets we have worked hard to put together an event that is affordable for all to attend making this the most affordable event in the apprenticeship event calendar.

Buy a gala dinner and awards ticket for £99.00 you will receive a complimentary ticket for the Two day conference ticket will cost £60.00
A ticket for either the 7th or 8th Match will cost £50.00
This opening offer to members of the group will apply to the first 200 tickets sold.
We have a range of sponsorship opportunities available and many of the gala dinner packages come with a conference stand at the two day conference.
Visit the conference website

Awards website


Many people have asked for a list of the NEW Standards this is latest list 16th of November please go to:


New Fact sheet to help with marketing higher apprentices


The training programme, recently announced by the Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson will help small, local charities to develop their skills and generate more funds to support their vital work. Courses range from face-to-face workshops to online learning, support from skilled volunteers and a Twitter Q&A. It will cover a range of topics including fundraising from Trusts and Foundations, how to design a fundraising strategy and how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The training is part of Government’s support for Local Charities Day, which takes place on 16 December. The day will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas.

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson: “Local Charities Day on December 16 will give us all a chance to celebrate the fantastic work being done by small, local charities across the whole country. Their dedication and hard work deserves to be recognised and I hope people everywhere show their support both in the lead up and on the day.

“But more than recognition, by investing in a further small charities training package, introducing a Bill to simplify the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and backing fundraising campaigns like ‘Grow Your Tenner’, we are creating a sustainable environment in which smaller charities can develop valuable skills and raise more money for such worthy causes.”  The programme is targeted at charities and community groups with an annual income of up to £1 million and have a local focus.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) and GlobalGiving UK will deliver the training, which follows on from the Small Charities Fundraising Training Programme.

Charities and community groups can sign-up for training opportunities at:

Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) courses

GlobalGiving UK courses


Skills Minister Robert Halfon has been announced as the keynote speaker at the Youth Employment Convention on December 5. The Convention will be held at the St Paul’s Exhibition Centre and will deliver “a packed and impressive programme, with a wide range of experts and people working on the front line to tackle youth unemployment.”

According to the organisers, Halfon will be joined at the Convention by:

Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration and Skills

Prof. Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education, Kings College, London

Marcus Mason, British Chambers of Commerce’s Head of Business, Education and Skills

The organisers say, “Tackling youth unemployment and inequality is a top priority for us and our partners. For young people, social mobility and the drive towards three million new apprenticeships will be top of the agenda in the coming months and years.


Digital Apprenticeship Service Course Directory 2.9.1 Digital Apprenticeship Service

Will applicants to the PQQ 28910 RoATP Main Route  who fail to complete their offer on the Course Directory by 13 January 2017 be automatically excluded from (fail|) the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

An applicant that applies to the main RoATP application route cannot pass and be listed on RoATP until they have provided a valid offer on the course directory.
Digital Apprenticeship Service Course Directory Re your clarification point on the Digital Apprenticeship Service Course Directory, your answer to the question in B12 states that “An applicant that applies to the main RoATP application route cannot pass and be listed on RoATP until they have provided a valid offer on the course directory.” However when I tried to register with the DASCD I received this answer – “Once you’ve received your SFA approval you should then be able to go on the Course Directory Provider Portal and complete this. “Can you clarify this point please? Please refer to page 11 of the Joining Instructions document; you will be invited to upload your information once the application window has closed.


Ministers have decided to extend the five per cent threshold of tolerance on the condition of funding rule into 2017/18 allocations, the director at the Education Funding Agency announced today.  Peter Mucklow told delegates at the Association of Colleges conference this afternoon (November 16) that the decision was made in recognition of the “huge effort” made by colleges and other providers on English and maths.

The condition of funding rule states that any 16 to 18-year-old student that does not have a grade C in English and maths, and fails to enrol in the subjects, would be removed in full from the funding allocations for the next-but-one academic year.  But in September last year the Department for Education announced that it would not fully apply this rule for the 2016/17 allocations, which were based on enrolments for 2014/15.

It said that the penalty would be halved, and only apply to providers where more than five per cent of relevant students (by value) did not comply with the funding condition.

Mr Mucklow said today that this tolerance would also apply to 2017/18 allocations, based on enrolments in 2015/16.  He said: “We said we would keep that under review, and ministers have decided to extend for 17/18 that threshold of tolerance, so that it applies in exactly the same way in that year.”   He continued: “The level of compliance across the whole of the English and maths condition of funding remains at 97 per cent, in terms of that 15/16 performance.

“So it’s recognising that huge effort that colleges and other institutions have gone to ensuring that students have that opportunity and ministers decided to extend that tolerance into the 17/18 allocations year.”  Julian Gravatt, Association of Colleges assistant chief executive, welcomed Mr Mucklow’s announcement.  “We are pleased that the government will be extending the tolerance on the condition of funding for one year for these subjects and this is something we called for in our autumn statement submission,” he said.  “The decision recognises the progress that colleges have made in enrolling young people on English and maths courses.”


Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan UK who I meet at the Apprenticeships 4 England Conference recently talks about End Point assessment:


Currently only 1% of Apprentices are on the new standards, and are thus being assessed formally at the end of their Apprenticeship. As the SFA tips the scales of funding in favour of the new standards, we all expect that number to climb in 2017.

But what impact does End Point, rather than modular, assessment have on the apprenticeship experience? Why was the change introduced and what can we learn from similar moves across education? 

From end point to formative assessment

Thirty years ago GCSEs were introduced so that every school leaver would achieve the same qualification; and to ensure that these GCSEs would work for all pupils new forms of assessment were introduced, such as controlled assessment and coursework, ending the ‘all or nothing’ end point exam tradition.  What happens in Schools generally moves into FE and so GCSEs led to the rise of the NVQ and its formative, modular assessment model found fertile ground in Colleges, NVQs and Apprenticeships.

From formative to end point assessment

Fast forward to 2012, and Education secretary Gove said about GCSEs (Parliament)

“..controlled assessment undermine(s) the reliability of the assessment as a whole. That’s why I asked Ofqual.. to judge how we might limit course work and controlled assessment; It is proposed that course work and controlled assessment will largely be replaced by linear, externally marked end-of-course exams.”  And Doug Richard said (in the Richard Review):

“Continuous and time consuming assessment, driven by paper-based tests, accumulated ‘evidence’ and assessors with a vested interest in apprentices passing the test, demeans the apprentice’s accomplishment.  Instead, there needs to be a test… It should be primarily at the end of an apprenticeship, not measuring progress during it.”

What impact might we expect to see in Apprenticeships?

It is too early to see the results of the move to end point assessment in GSCE outcomes; but in 2016 there was big reduction in early entries, increasing the average length of GSCEs Duration.

May this may well increase as providers and employers make sure that their learners are as well prepared as possible before booking their EPA. It is also possible that there might be a long waitlist for EPAs appointments in some subjects (as well as a lack of choice as to your EPA partner). Increased duration is generally seen as a good thing in Apprenticeships, and there should continue to be a healthy tension between cash flow and timely success rates.


The pedagogy of Apprenticeships is well established and I do not think that there is any evidence to suggest that current training and assessment techniques can or should change radically. Employers and providers do seem to be looking to deliver more learning online and to encourage greater self-study. And both of these things can be achieved if the average age and academic mean of apprentices continues to rise and a more mature and confident apprentice cohort accepts greater responsibility for their learning.

A clearer distinction between training and assessing should also emerge, as will the possibility of failure for those not committed or skilled enough to achieve their apprenticeship

Currently apprentices rarely fail. They either drop out or don’t achieve their functional skills. This lack of failure was a criticism of Richard.  Perhaps an increase in the failure (rather than drop out) rate will improve the perception of apprenticeships as he suggested…..

Academic failure is heavily sanctioned in the education world and the SFA currently promise to end the contracts of those with less than a 62% pass rates in Apprenticeships. This kind of pressure creates caution, restricting the take up of new standards and the creation of new models of delivery.

If an Apprentice is unlikely to pass is there any point in them undertaking their EPA anyway? And how would we know if they are ready – if not through formative assessment and accumulated evidence….

Where the value of the Apprenticeship itself is less than the value of a qualification contained within it (such as a University Degree) what value will the individual perceive from their EPA and FISS Certification if they have already donned cap and gown to receive their degree. In this scenario completion rates could fall, but it wouldn’t be a reflection of rising quality.


The biggest impediment to the move to a widespread EPA model is capacity. Currently Awarding Organisations (AO) quality assures the assessment of apprentices through a system of Internal and External verification that has been built over decades. It would be a huge undertaking to move this capacity from providers to EPAs and the reduced provider role does not necessarily offer a balancing level of savings if they will still need to assess learners before releasing them for EPA.

Pragmatically we are surely likely to see ‘EPA recognition’ of good training provision eventually.

The current system is based upon the assessment of progress against the criteria set out by an AO (although this varies by sector it is a common element of all ‘frameworks’). The inertia around Standards is in no small part due to the lack of these pathways and the size of the investment that is required to create 2/3/4 year apprenticeship learning programmes for those providers that do not possess their own materials.

Potential EPAs are not commercially motivated to provide these learning pathways and so it is providers and employers who are being asked to each invest individually in the creation of their own new standard programmes and materials.


It may be that we do not get to judge the impact of the switch to EPA for a long time due to a lack of evidence, as so few apprentices undertake standards that have replaced frameworks.

We know that gov. wants employers to have a direct relationship with EPAs but at the moment providers remain the EPAs paymasters and so it is that relationship that remains key.  And the two parties are engaged in a Mexican stand-off:

The cost of developing materials to replace AO resources for lower value Standards is holding back providers and the cost of replacing provider’s Internal Verifiers (IVs) is holding back AOs.

Perhaps the opening of the Levy will grease the wheels but I suspect that further flexibility or support will be necessary (from gov.) before we ever see a critical mass switch from the old to the new.

Where we are likely to continue to see most progress in the deployment of new standards in job roles where there is already a well-proven vocational pathway, well-resourced training providers and a well-funded standard.


Many thanks to all speakers and attendees at the Peer meet Up for Training Providers which took place on Fri 18 November at St Patrick’s College London EC3N 4DX and we thank them for their Hospitality.


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