ESFA: Business Update – Issue 62 (October 2020)

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. Prime Minister Lifetime Skills Guarantee Speech – 29 September 2020
  2. Ofsted Apprenticeship Inspections – Level 6 and 7
  3. Legislative changes to support redundant apprentices
  4. National Apprenticeship Week 2021 date announced
  5. Top 100 broadcast date announced
  6. National Apprenticeship Awards entries close
  7. Apprenticeship.gov website updates
  8. Functional Skills in apprenticeships
  9. Redundancy Support Service for Apprenticeships – YouTube video
  10. Incentive for Hiring a New Apprentice – Recap
  11. IfATE Route Review workshops

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

For more information about apprenticeships, you can visit apprenticeships.gov.uk or call 08000 150 600.

1. Prime Minister Lifetime Skills Guarantee Speech – 29 September 2020

The Prime Minister has set out long term plans to transform the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st century economy and to ensure that, as work changes, people can retrain, upskill, and find new well-paid jobs, helping the country build back better from coronavirus.

Apprenticeship opportunities will be increased, with more funding for SMEs taking on apprentices, and greater flexibility in how their training is structured – especially in sectors such as construction and creative industries where there are more varied employment patterns.

In addition to this:

  • From April, in England adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them, paid for through the National Skills Fund.
  • Higher education loans will also be made more flexible, allowing adults and young people to space out their study across their lifetimes, take more high-quality vocational courses in further education colleges and universities, and to support people to retrain for jobs of the future, backed by continued investment in college buildings and facilities – including over £1.5 billion in capital funding.
  • The government is committed to making higher education more flexible to facilitate lifelong learning, and to make it easy for adults and young people to break up their study into segments, transfer credits between colleges and universities, and enable more part-time study. This new arrangement will provide finance for shorter term studies, rather than having to study in one three or four-year block.
  • The government is also committing £8 million for digital skills boot camps, expanding successful pilots in Greater Manchester and the West Midlands and introducing programmes in four new locations. From next year, boot camps will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering, helping the country build back better and support our refreshed Industrial Strategy.
  • £2.5 billion is also being made available through the National Skills Fund to help get people working again after COVID, as well as giving those in work the chance to train for higher-skilled, better-paid jobs.

View the transcript from the full speech.

2. Ofsted Apprenticeship Inspections – Level 6 and 7

The Education Secretary announced on Monday 28 September that, following careful consideration, the Government has accepted the Augar Review’s recommendation that Ofsted become the single body responsible for the inspection of the quality of apprenticeship training provision at all levels.

From 1 April 2021, Ofsted will therefore assume responsibility for inspecting level 6 and 7 apprenticeships (both degree and non-degree) as they do currently for levels 2-5. The Education Secretary has written to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman to confirm this policy change.

This change will ensure consistency in quality standards across apprenticeships, so that employers and apprentices can have confidence that apprenticeship training is subject to a consistent approach to quality assurance, regardless of provider type or the level of the apprenticeship.

A series of virtual conferences will be launched later this year to give providers an opportunity to hear directly from ESFA, Ofsted and the OfS, and understand what this change means for them. Further information will follow in due course.

3. Legislative changes to support redundant apprentices

On Thursday 10th September, a statutory instrument (SI) was laid in Parliament that will amend legislation to allow more redundant apprentices to complete their apprenticeships.

Currently the Education and Skills Funding Agency continue to fund the apprentice to complete their programme if they are made redundant within six months of their final day of training. This allows apprentices that are close to the end of their apprenticeship to continue with it while they look for another employer to complete their apprenticeship with, or, if they are unable to find one, allow them to complete their apprenticeship without an employer.

The decision to amend legislation will help support more redundant apprentices affected by COVID-19. The amended legislation will extend this support to also fund to completion all apprentices who are at least 75% of their way through their apprenticeship at the point of redundancy. This will give apprentices who have made a substantial and long-term investment in their apprenticeship the opportunity to complete their training and achieve occupational competence.

These changes will mean more redundant apprentices can complete their apprenticeship, putting them in a stronger position to secure new employment. The SI will extend this support to apprentices undertaking both standards and frameworks.

The SI is currently going through parliamentary processes and we will provide a further update in due course

4. National Apprenticeship Week 2021 date announced

The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week date has been announced and will take place from 8 to 14 February 2021.

National Apprenticeship Week is an annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country. Apprenticeship employers use the opportunity to promote the success of their apprentices and highlight the huge benefits to other employers, of all sizes, who are thinking of taking on an apprentice. Apprentices across the country will also be celebrated throughout the week

Throughout the years, National Apprenticeship Week has connected apprenticeship supporters from across the country, with MPs, ambassadors, apprentices, training providers and top employers involved in recognising the value and importance of apprenticeships.

The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 will be announced in due course on GOV.UK.

5. The Top 100 broadcast will take place on the 21 October 2020.

The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers ranking will celebrate the country’s outstanding apprenticeship employers and help potential apprentices, parents and careers advisers to easily identify apprenticeship opportunities.

Top employers, who are helping to lead an ‘apprenticeship revolution’ and getting more people into skilled jobs, will be recognised in a new national ranking of the leading employers of apprentices. More than 100,000 organisations in England are now apprenticeship employers, England’s leading employers will be recognised for their overall commitment to employing apprentices, their creation of new apprenticeships, the diversity of their new apprentices, and the progression of their apprentices onto further apprenticeships and employment.

Beginning in 2020, the annual rankings will showcase the nation’s Top 100 employers that have done the most to provide successful apprenticeships over the previous 12 months and have been developed by the National Apprenticeship Service, in partnership with High Fliers Research, who will independently assess and compile the new national leader board of top apprenticeship employers.

More information on how to register to join the broadcast will be made available in the coming weeks on the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer website.

6. National Apprenticeship Awards entries close

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2020 are now closed for entries.

Back for their 17th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards highlight business and individual success in apprenticeships and are particularly poignant this year, given the challenges many employers and apprentices have faced during the pandemic.

This year winners will be recognised at online broadcast ceremonies. These ceremonies will also showcase good news stories from Covid-19, with examples of where apprentices have gone above and beyond to make a difference.

Regional ceremonies will take place between 2 and 6 November, with the national ceremony taking place on 25 November.

To find out more about the National Apprenticeship Awards 2020, or to sign up to the mailing list, please visit: appawards.co.uk.

7. Apprenticeship.gov website updates

The apprenticeships.gov.uk website has been refreshed, with more information including setting up an account on the Apprenticeship Service, support for apprentices who are at risk of, or who have been made redundant (ReSSA) and links to the financial incentives for employers recruiting apprentices.

8. Functional Skills in apprenticeships

We are closely monitoring the assessment of Functional Skills in apprenticeships and delays caused by COVID-19 restrictions. Although most training and assessment has either returned to normal or is being delivered remotely, this has not happened in every case.

The inability to complete Functional Skills elements may delay the completion of apprentices’ programmes. We are working closely with providers and Ofqual to take appropriate actions to resolve the issue, but we also need employers to consider how they can best support their employees

Some employers have not been able to release their apprentices to complete their Functional Skills training or assessment or have not been able to host providers or assessment organisations in the workplace. We believe that, in some instances, these barriers can be overcome. We are asking employers to work with their training providers to explore flexibilities that will allow apprentices to complete their assessments. For instance, hosting them in different locations.

9. The Redundancy Support Service for Apprenticeships – YouTube video

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) provides clear, accessible advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options, and next steps. Since the service launched on 1 August 2020, we have been able to support apprentices across England. We have been contacted by a range of employers, large and small, who have shared details of their vacancies through the service.

Watch our new YouTube video to find out how taking on a redundant apprentice can benefit your organisation and how to access the service.

If you are aware of any apprentices who have been affected by redundancy please encourage them to visit Facing redundancy during your apprenticeship or call 0800 015 0400 to speak to an adviser.

Read more on GOV.UK.

10. Incentive for Hiring a New Apprentice – Recap

From 1 September, employers large and small can apply for large cash incentivesdesigned to create more high-quality apprenticeship opportunities.

As part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice aged under 25 they hire, and £1,500 for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, up to the 31st January 2021. This includes taking on an apprentice who has been made redundant.

The new cash incentives for employers are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18-year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

The incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is different to the apprenticeship levy and can be used on anything to support organisational costs, for example facilities, uniforms, apprentice’s travel or their salary.

Any organisation can apply for the payment, no matter the size or the sector. Applications must be made through the Apprenticeship Service, employers not currently registered will be able to set up an account.

The apprenticeships incentive is one of a number of skills offers for employers as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

11. IfATE Route Review workshops

Route Reviews determine the future of apprenticeships and technical education, and are set up to ensure the apprenticeship standards meet the Institute’s quality requirements and remain relevant and up to date for employers and apprentices.

The workshops will cover the apprenticeships which are in scope for the route reviews and discuss where improvements could be made. There will also be a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on the route and working practices.

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfATE) announced that Route Reviews would be restarting from 18 September 2020. The recommendations from the Hair and Beauty and Creative and Design route reviews will be launched later this year. Dates will be announced soon.

The following workshops to support the Institute’s route reviews have been confirmed.

The engineering and manufacturing workshop, run by Enginuity, will take place on Thursday 8 October from 11am to 3pm.

If you are interested in attending please email eventsupport@enginutiy.org and you will be contacted by the organiser.

The workshops for agriculture, environmental and animal care, run by Landex, will take place on:

  • Monday 12th October 2020 – 11am to 3pm
  • Friday 23rd October 2020 – 11am to 3pm
  • Monday 26th October 2020 – 11am to 3pm

If you would like to attend any of these workshops, please email nicodevries@landex.org.uk.

Please visit the IfATE website for further information.

12. Support

The Business Support Helpline number in England is:

Freephone: 0800 998 1098

The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on Covid-19.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

DfE coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687

ESFA: Business Update – Issue 60 (August 2020)

Business update is the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly round-up of apprenticeship information and news for businesses.

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices launches
  2. Apprenticeship service new employer agreement
  3. Chancellor Plan for Jobs launched on 1 August
  4. COVID-19 guidance

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices launches

High-quality apprenticeships will have an important role to play in creating employment opportunities post-Covid-19, and in supporting employers to access the skilled workforce they need to bounce back and succeed. Training providers have a critical role to play in supporting redundant apprentices to help them to find a new employer and support them through to completion.

To further support apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, we introduced the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) on 1 August 2020.

ReSSA will provide clear, accessible advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options and next steps. We will also help redundant apprentices to identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and, where they are eligible, complete their current apprenticeship.

The service is made up of three main elements:

  • providing apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy
  • signposting apprentices to local and national support services
  • an apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities

If you are an employer who would like to recruit a redundant apprentice or offer new apprenticeship opportunities, visit GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600 to find out more.

If you’ve made your apprentice redundant or may have to make them redundant in the future, please encourage your apprentices to use the service to get free advice, access local and national support, and find new opportunities. Apprentices should visit GOV.UK or call 0800 150 400 to speak to an adviser.

Read more on GOV.UK.

2. Apprenticeship service new employer agreement

In January 2020 we published a new employer legal agreement. We confirmed in early March that any employer registered with the apprenticeship service, that accepted a previous version of the agreement, and had not yet accepted the new agreement, would soon need to do so.

We are now asking all employers to accept the new agreement, to ensure that employers accessing funding through the apprenticeship service will be doing so under the same standard terms and conditions. Accepting the agreement will allow employers to access funding for new apprenticeship starts, as well as ensuring continued access to full functionality in the apprenticeship service

If your organisation needs to sign the new legal agreement, it will be made available to you through the apprenticeship service from 20 August 2020 in the ‘Organisation and Agreements’ section of your account; only an Account Owner who has authority to do so on behalf of their organisation, should accept the agreement.

Existing users (employers) who do not accept the new agreement will still be able to view any current apprenticeships registered on the apprenticeship service, and funding will still flow from their levy account to pay for training. However, they will be unable to make changes, advertise vacancies or record new starts until they accept the new agreement (the current agreement will continue to cover existing approved apprentices until either the apprenticeship finishes, or the new agreement is accepted).

Employers that want to read the new agreement before it is made available to them on 20 August 2020 can read it on GOV.UK.

For further information visit GOV.UK.

3. Chancellors Plan for Jobs incentive package from 1 August

The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs announcement in July included a range of incentives that are available to employers recruiting apprentices, including those that have previously been made redundant. Incentives include:

  • a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice employers hire, aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021, for new recruits. These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • an additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to triple participation in traineeships. Government will fund employers who provide trainees with work experience at a rate of £1,000 per trainee and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below.
  • an additional £32 million funding over the next two years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.
  • A Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

Incentives payments can be claimed by employers from September and will be paid in January 2021. Find out more by visiting GOV.UK.

4. COVID-19 guidance

Apprenticeships guidance is being updated today, 5 August 2020, to include more information on the Redundancy Support Services for Apprentices.

A reminder that guidance, for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers during Covid-19, is available on GOV.UK whilst guidance and support for businesses is also available.

The Business Support Helpline number in England is: freephone 0800 998 1098.

The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on COVID-19.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

DfE coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687

ESFA Business Update – Issue 59 (July 2020)

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. COVID-19 – updated apprenticeship guidance
  2. Funding policy announcement
  3. Increase in SME reservations
  4. Reminder: Chancellor’s announcement
  5. Joint statement from ESFA, AoC and AELP
  6. Level 8 and changes to funding
  7. Recording a change of employer on the apprenticeship service
  8. Changes to apprenticeship service support videos

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. COVID-19 – updated apprenticeship guidance

Guidance, for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers during COVID-19, is available on GOV.UK.

The apprenticeship coronavirus guidance has been updated to reflect:

  • an announcement that a support service for redundant apprentices will be available soon;
  • information about apprentices returning to onsite course delivery;
  • confirmation that temporary flexibility suspending the funding rule requiring Level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, Level 2 functional skills assessments has been extended until 31 December 2020;
  • improvements to the FAQs.

Guidance and support for businesses can be found on GOV.UK.

The Business Support Helpline number in England is freephone, 0800 998 1098. The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on COVID-19.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

DfE coronavirus helpline:

  • Telephone: 0800 046 8687

Read more on GOV.UK.

2. Funding policy announcements

The ESFA apprenticeship funding rules 2020 to 2021 (clarification version) are being published on GOV.UK today. These documents set out the rules for apprenticeship funding, including the evidence required to support it and apply to apprenticeship starts from 1 August 2020.

These rules are being published following the publication of the August 2020 policy changes and will reflect these changes. They should be read alongside the apprenticeship response to coronavirus (COVID-19) as some of these flexibilities are continuing.

The changes we have made are detailed in the summary of changes which can be found on the apprenticeship funding rules page on GOV.UK.

These funding rules are a clarification version to give you the opportunity to provide feedback. Send any feedback to fundingrules.comments@education.gov.uk by Thursday 23 July. We will update the rules to reflect any clarifications later in July. The rules apply to providers, employers and employer-providers receiving apprenticeship funding from ESFA.

3. Increase in SME reservations

Employers who do not pay the apprenticeship levy are currently in a transition phase onto the apprenticeship service. We are carefully managing this process as employers move away from contracted training provision to the new system – to help us do this we introduced the reservation process for use by smaller employers; giving smaller employers certainty that funding is in place before they recruit an apprentice.

Eligible employers have been provided with three ‘active or used’ reservations at any given time. From Wednesday 15 July, we are increasing this to 10 ‘active or used’ reservations per smaller employer account for the remainder of FY20-21. This policy will continue to be kept under review as we further assess how the new system is working.

Until 31 March 2021, smaller employers are also able to continue arranging apprenticeships via training providers with existing Government contracts, subject to provider agreement and the provider having sufficient funds available in their allocation. All new starts will be through the service from 1 April 2021. For more information visit GOV.UK.

4. Reminder: Chancellors announcement

In a special issue of Business Update published last week, a summary of the announcement from the Chancellor was included, outlining the Plan for Jobs, the Government’s second phase in the economic response to coronavirus.

In addition to the investment made in apprenticeships, traineeships and the National Careers Service, other headlines include:

Job Retention Bonus that will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.

A new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.

The rate of VAT applied on most tourism and hospitality-related activities will be cut from 20% to 5%.

To encourage people to safely return to eating out at restaurants, the Government has introduced a new Eat Out to Help Out discount. The scheme will support over 129,000 businesses in the hospitality industry.

Find out more by visiting GOV.UK.

5. Joint statement from ESFA, AoC and AELP

A joint statement from the ESFA, AoC, and AELP on strengthening relationships and enhancing communications between training providers and the ESFA was issued to the sector in late June. The letter, issued by Peter Mucklow, Director of Apprenticeships, ESFA; David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC; and Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP, can be viewed on GOV.UK.

6. Level 8 apprenticeships and changes to funding

Employers currently developing Level 8 apprenticeships were informed in the summer of 2019 that funding for these standards could not be guaranteed. It has now been announced that the Department for Education will no longer fund apprenticeships at Level 8, to ensure that we meet the needs of employers and apprentices at all levels, in a financially sustainable way, whilst delivering value for money.

Statutory Notice to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education from Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Keegan can be found by visiting GOV.UK.

7. Recording a change of employer on the apprenticeship service

A new function into the apprenticeship service to streamline the process of recording a change of employer has been released. This new function means an apprentice can now move from a former employer to a new employer during their apprenticeship training without the need to create a new funding reservation or add a new record to the service:

  1. The former employer stops the record in the service, dated the last day the of the apprentice’s employment with them.
  2. The new employer grants the training provider permission to “Create a cohort” in the Provider Permissions section of their employer account.
  3. The training provider sends a request from the Manage Apprentices section of their provider account, to the new employer requesting the apprentice moves to them.
  4. The new employer checks the details of the apprenticeship and approves the request.

This will avoid issues where the original apprenticeship course is no longer available. In the case of employers that do not a pay the apprenticeship levy, accepting the move of apprentice will not impact the new employers reserved funding.

If you have any queries, please contact the Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.

8. Changes to apprenticeship service support videos

Recent changes have been made to the “Using the apprenticeship service” video playlist available on our ESFAGOVUK YouTube Channel.

To help users find the information they need easily, there are now two new additional playlists on the channel:

  1. “Apprenticeship service – webinar recordings”, and
  2. “Apprenticeship Support Videos”.

For additional support, visit the apprenticeship service support website.

ESFA: Business Update – Issue 54 (April 2020)

Business update is the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly round-up of apprenticeship information and news for businesses.

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1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

These are difficult times for employers, apprentices and providers of apprenticeship training and assessment. As part of the cross-government efforts to respond to the impact of COVID-19, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is implementing new measures, for the duration of the pandemic, to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way if they need to, or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that becomes possible.

This document sets out guidance and some temporary flexibilities that we are introducing to the programme during the pandemic, and provides answers to questions related to these changes and other common questions. Our information should be read alongside the support to business page on GOV.UK.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) has also published new guidance on the delivery of assessment.

This guidance includes information on:

  • delivering apprenticeships flexibly to those working at home
  • continuing training and end-point assessment for furloughed apprentices
  • applying the policy on breaks in learning
  • delays to end-point assessment (EPA)
  • alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance

Specifically, we are:

  • introducing flexibilities to allow furloughed apprentices to continue their training, as long as it does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, their employer
  • encouraging training providers to deliver training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable
  • allowing the modification of end-point assessment arrangements, including remote assessments wherever practicable and possible in order to maintain progress and achievement for apprentices
  • clarifying that apprentices ready for assessment, but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues, can have their end-point assessment rescheduled. Apprentices whose gateway is delayed can have an extension to the assessment timeframe
  • enabling employers and training providers to report and initiate a break in learning, where the interruption to learning due to COVID-19 is greater than 4 weeks
  • clarification on how to record breaks in learning so that funding is not unnecessarily disrupted
  • confirming that, where apprentices are made redundant, it is our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks

Our objective for these measures is to support all employers, and apprenticeship training and assessment providers, to retain their apprentices and to help them plan with more certainty through this difficult period of disruption.

Read more on GOV.UK.

2. Route reviews update

Current route reviews

Stakeholder engagement and effective consultation with employers is at the heart of the Institute’s approach to Route Reviews. They are also committed to providing as much stability as possible whilst the apprenticeship system responds to the disruption brought about by COVID-19.

It has therefore been decided to pause the on-going Route Reviews and to postpone the announcement of any outcomes. When the circumstances ease, it is their intention to return to the on-going reviews and they will continue to make preparations for this in the meantime.

The Institute had announced that the Care Services and Health and Science Reviews would be expected to launch during Summer 2020. The impact of COVID-19 makes this inadvisable, so they have made the decision to delay the launch until further notice.

The outcomes of the Digital Route Review are now complete, so they will continue to work with Trailblazer Groups, where possible.

If you have any further queries about a specific Route Review, please refer to the route review section of the website.

If you have any questions on COVID-19 and the Institute’s response please contact Enquiries.IFA@education.gov.uk.

If you have a question about a specific route review please use:

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