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ViewPoint: Good Governance Must be Pursued by all Providers’
September 19, 2018

What does good governance look like for independent training providers, asks Dr Sue Pember

When we see the annual summer education headlines on television and in newspapers – the GCSE exam results, back to school and university, etc – we can be tempted to make the mistake of forgetting the
ViewPoint:ongoing work of the independent sector, which works with employers, apprentices and trainees all year round. This is something we should correct.

Independent training providers are vital to the nation’s success and make up a significant part of this country’s skills provision and training, but often they only make the press when something goes wrong – and often this is a breakdown of governance. Therefore, good governance is key to achieving success, improving reputation and safeguarding the longevity of the sector.

In the world of corporate governance, achieving good governance is not a new pursuit, and debates as to what it looks like have been raging for many years; when it fails it can have dire effects on a company. So, like all essentially contested concepts, what we know and understand by the term “good governance” may never be fully understood, but it is now time to take that debate into the independent training sector.

Clear principles ‘are vital’ Read more

Recognising Excellence in Governance of Independent Training Providers
September 4, 2018

This webinar will explain how independent training providers (ITPs) as deliverers of publicly funded skills programmes can benefit from adopting a new Code of Good Governance for ITPs drawn up by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers with support from FETL. 

With provider sustainability an important issue during a period of unprecedented sector reform, Dr Sue Pember and Mark Dawe will discuss why good governance helps ensure that funds are well spent, are focused on government priorities and are delivering high-quality teaching and learning for the benefit of employers and learners.  They will also explain how the Code can work for providers of all sizes.


Friday Friday 14th September 2018 12:30 – 13:30

Register for the Webinar Here



AELP Launches New Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is consulting on a new Code of Good Governance for Independent Training Providers who deliver publicly funded skills programmes on behalf of the government.

The draft Code sets out the key themes and principles which any provider in the sector will need to adopt in order to show that it is conducting its business in the best interest of its trainees, Training employers, key stakeholders and funders.

It adopts and builds on the Seven (Nolan) Principles of Public Life which provide an ethical framework for the personal behaviour of a provider’s board members and leadership.

These standards are:

  1. Selflessness
  2. Integrity
  3. Objectivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Openness
  6. Honesty
  7. Leadership

With support from the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), the Code has been designed to apply to all independent training providers (ITPs), including limited companies, charities and not-for-profit organisations and AELP is strongly recommending that all of its ITP members adopt it. Read more

T Levels: Next Steps for Providers

The EFSA  published their information for post-16 institutions on the next steps towards delivery of T levels on 6th March 2018.


The purpose of this guidance is to inform all post-16 providers about ESFA’s plans over the next 6 months and 3 key surveys they will be asking you to respond to, to help support you to implement T levels.


T level consultation, consultation on occupational maps and stakeholder events

The Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships issued consultations on the proposed T level programmes and on the Occupational Maps.

Both consultations closed on 8 February 2018. ESFA have also run 2 sets of events since October last year, to raise awareness about the reforms to technical education, and to socialise the consultation.

ESFA are very grateful to those of you who took part in the events and for your views via the consultations; they are currently analysing all of the responses received. They expect to publish a response to the consultation on T levels in early May, and updated versions of the occupational maps will be published on the Institute’s website in the spring.

Expressions of interest to deliver T levels in the 2020 to 2021 academic year

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Apprenticeship End-Point Assessments: A Guide for Employers
December 3, 2017

Ofqual has published the guide, “Apprenticeship end-point assessments: Ofqual’s approach to external quality assurance” about their approach to external quality assurance of apprenticeship end-point assessments.

This guide is aimed at employers involved in this process. It details the way in which Ofqual, as the statutory regulator of qualifications, will approach the external quality assurance of end-point assessments.

Each apprentice is required to take an end-point assessment to complete their apprenticeship. The assessment will be delivered by a registered end-point assessment organisation.

The purpose of external quality assurance is to ensure that there is a consistent quality and approach to assessment across an apprenticeship standard, regardless of which organisation is delivering the assessment and where and when this is carried out.


To download the guide CL|ICK HERE

‘Ofsted must start inspecting subcontractors’ Says Halfon
November 6, 2017

The head of the Commons education select committee wants a “wholesale review” into why Ofsted is yet to inspect a single subcontractor more than a year after the rules changed.

Robert Halfon, a former skills minister, made the demand days after chief inspector Amanda Spielman admitted that she too was worried by this lack of action.

“We need a wholesale review into subcontracting and whether it enhances or curtails quality apprenticeships,” he told FE Week.

“I strongly believe that Ofsted needs to make the inspection of subcontractors a priority.”

It is “wrong that so many subcontractors are not inspected”, he continued, as it is hard to know otherwise whether apprentices get the quality of training “they deserve”.

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Impact of Apprenticeship Levy on Commercial Training Providers
June 27, 2017


Cleverbloggs Multimedia has posted a number of useful blogs regarding the changes to funding and what is required to deliver apprenticeships. They have pulled together all the relevant ESFA funding rules and documents links into this one post.

Click Here to Access the Site

Hanley training provider NSEGTA invests to encourage careers in engineering
December 6, 2016

A training provider has invested more than £160,000 to launch a control centre to encourage more people to consider careers in engineering.

matrix accredited North Staffordshire Engineering Group Training Association (NSEGTA) has transformed an old workshop at its base in Marsh Street North in Hanley, to create the facility.

It boasts state-of-the-art equipment which replicates industry methods and products used by engineering firms across Staffordshire.

The equipment, which includes computer-aided milling machines and lathes, CAD design, fault diagnosis and testing facilities and virtual welding equipment, will be permanently in situ at the centre – so school leavers, college students and young job-seekers can learn more about the skills needed for a career in the engineering industry.

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The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) launch a new tool to help employers
December 2, 2016

The SFA have developed a find apprenticeship training tool which is now available, and gives employers quick access to information about apprenticeships on offer at approved training organisations.

The  tool includes information on over 16,000 apprenticeships, as well as details about the training providers that can deliver the qualifications.

The SFA has been working with training providers to help develop the tool, make it easy to upload information, and give them the opportunity to demonstrate the range and quality of their training. As part of the design process, around 400 employers and 200 training providers have already tested the system, playing an integral part in shaping its design.

Find apprenticeship training is a major part of the new digital apprenticeship service. The SFA will continue to support providers and update the information in preparation for the launch of the digital apprenticeship service in 2017.

Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations (RoATO) and Register of Training Organisations (RoTO)
November 22, 2016

In July the City & Guilds published an FAQ document explaining the difference between RoATO and RoTO.

To download this document Click Here

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