ESFA Launch a T Level Website for Employers
March 4, 2020

Article by the Smaller Employer Engagement Team, Education and Skills Funding Agency.

We have launched a new section of the T Levels website aimed specifically at employers 

This sits alongside the existing pages aimed at students and their influencers.

The focus of the employer section is to inspire employers to get involved with offering industry placements now although there is also general information about T Levels.

Employers will be encouraged to visit the site through targeted social media advertising on LinkedIn and Twitter. This site will continue to develop over the coming months. If you have any comments or suggestions to feed into our planning for the site, please let us know and we’ll pass it on.

You may also have seen T Level posters on bus stops and other sites over the last few weeks. This is part of our second burst of Out of Home advertising aimed at young people close to colleges and schools offering the first T Level courses in September.

ESFA Priority Webinars
November 15, 2019

In order to support smaller employers joining the apprenticeship service, the ESFA are hosting dedicated webinars for training providers and intermediaries.

They will not be able to include policy information or provide Q and A sessions due to pre-election restrictions.

Live / Upcoming Webinars

NOV 26 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

NOV 29 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Intermediaries: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

DEC 05 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

DEC 11 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships
August 9, 2019
Problem-Solving Ranked by Employers as the Most Important Skill for their Employees
May 24, 2019

LifeSkills created by Barclays asked UK employers across a range of different sectors and industries to choose the skills that matter most to them when building their workforce.

The seven core skills identified are:

  1. Proactivity
  2. Adaptability
  3. Leadership
  4. Creativity
  5. Resilience
  6. Communication, and
  7. Problem-solving

When asked which of these seven core skills was the most important, problem-solving was number one, ranking higher than creativity, leadership or communication. Read more

Women’s Progression in the Workplace: Actions for Employers
March 29, 2019

Guidance for employers on the evidence based actions they can take to support women to progress, to help to close the gender pay gap and increase gender equality in the workplace.


One of the drivers of the gender pay gap is that women are not progressing in the workplace as fully as their talents would allow.

Improving, measuring and evaluating recruitment, promotion and talent management processes; supporting part-time workers; and creating an environment where women feel that they fit and belong, can enable women to progress.

Read more

Hard Facts Employers Should Consider Before Recruiting Young People Who Are NEET

James Ashall, Chief Executive, Movement to Work provides an insight into how organisations like BAE Systems, BT, Marks and Spencer and the NHS haveMovement to Workbenefited from looking deeper into the labour market.

Movement to Work works with businesses and organisations that have the imagination to give young people who need more support a chance in the workplace through placements and other job opportunities.

Together we have provided over 80,000 placements, and over 50% of those completing them have gone onto employment or back into education.

But, of course, many businesses need more than imagination, they must justify all of their decisions to investors, staff and customers. And the good news is they can. Recruiting this way makes financial sense through lower recruitment costs, ensures a high level of loyalty among incoming staff and improves the morale of existing staff. Read more

Employer Skills Survey
September 6, 2018

The UK Employer Skills Survey (ESS) is one of the largest business surveys in the world, with the data in this report based on survey responses from over 87,000 employers.

Recruitment and skill-shortage vacancies

Growth in recruitment activity was evident across most of the UK.

In line with previous years, a third of vacancies in the UK (33%) were considered hard to fill.

There has been an 8% increase in the number of skill-shortage vacancies compared with 2015. They were most numerous in the Business Services sector (just under 52,000 at the time of the survey), though as a proportion of all vacancies in the sector, the density of such vacancies was highest in Construction. By occupation, employers were most likely to have experienced skills-related difficulties when recruiting for Skilled Trades positions. The skills disproportionately lacking for Professionals included advanced IT skills and complex analytical skills.

The proportion of vacancies proving hard to fill exclusively for non-skills-related reasons was highest in Health and Social Work.

Among employers who had vacancies that were proving hard to fill, 34% had attempted to recruit EU nationals to try to help overcome recruitment difficulties. This was a particularly common way of trying to fill hard-to-fill vacancies in the Hotels and Restaurants sector (53%). Read more

Schools and Employers Must Collaborate to Help Young People into Work
September 5, 2018

Off the back of last week’s GCSE results, research published by HR Magazine, shows parents feel more must be done by employers and schools to provide work experience for young people.

Most parents (82%) believe schools and employers need to work more closely to prepare their children for the workplace, according to research from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The survey also highlighted that despite 78% of parents believing work experience provides the best way for young people to gain employability skills, only 32% agree that employers are actually doing enough to provide that work experience.

Separate CMI research showed that 85% of employers want students to have gained work experience.

It found that parents are roughly as confident about the careers advice they give their children (56%) as they are in that provided by their children’s schools (54%).

Parents’ views play an important role in students’ decision-making. In previous research, 77% of young people said that parents are their number one source of careers advice when leaving school.

Read more

ESFA Employer Guidance: Register of End-Point Assessment Organisations

ESFA has updated their information for employers looking for an independent end-point assessment organisation and potential applicants to the register of apprentice assessment organisations. 

Register of end-point assessment organisations

Register of end-point assessment organisations – lists organisations that have been assessed as being suitable to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices and be in receipt of public funds. You can use the list of standards to see which organisations deliver a particular standard.

Introduction to end-point-assessment organisations

As well as containing information on programme training and assessment, all apprenticeship standards must contain an end-point assessment. An independent organisation must be involved in the end-point assessment of each apprentice so that all apprentices following the same standard are assessed consistently.

Only organisations on the register of end-point assessment organisations are eligible to conduct independent end-point assessment of apprentices. Although a number of different people and organisations may be involved in an apprentice’s end-point assessment, only the independent organisation needs to apply to and be listed on the register.

Using the register of end-point assessment organisations Read more

IAG Handbook

Learning in Wiltshire is Wiltshire Council’s adult learning and development service. They are proud holders of the matrix Standard which is the unique quality framework for the effective delivery of information, advice and/or guidance.

All Learning in Wiltshire staff give Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) as part of their commitment to help learners and potential learners explore options, get the best out of their learning programme and continue to develop their skills to higher levels after completion of their course or qualification. Their IAG is split into three:

  • Initial IAG – given by occupationally competent assessors in the form of a telephone conversation lasting approx. 20 minutes.
  • Ongoing IAG – incorporated within the learning programme and evidenced throughout the learning journey in a variety of ways e.g. ILPs, e-portfolio, reviews, tutorials etc.
  • Exit IAG – informs future development needs and allows our learners to be signposted to relevant progression pathways.

They have developed an IAG handbook for their learners.

To view the handbook  Click Here