In conversation with Tribal Apprentice, Chloe Simpson
From 1 April 2021, all apprenticeships, including those at levels 6 & 7, are in scope for Ofsted inspection. Here are the top five things degree apprenticeship providers who are new to Ofsted inspection need to know:
There’s little doubt that the world of skills training and work has altered dramatically over the past few months. Many training providers have managed to adapt their practices and deliver apprenticeship frameworks online to great success. And as restrictions start to ease, and educators and employers alike turn their thoughts to the future, there will be a necessary re-alignment in working practice. So how do you get your Apprenticeship delivery back on track this autumn?
From January 2020 employers who don’t pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to access funding for all new apprenticeships through the digital apprenticeship service.
On 11th June 2019 the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) published the snappily titled “Common findings from funding assurance work on post-16 providers and institutions” guidance document. It summarises the findings from the agency’s annual programme of assurance visits (in other words, audits) of providers delivering:
In May 2019, the apprenticeship reforms will be entering their third year. Long enough for the policy to have bedded in sufficiently to provide meaningful data on how providers and employers are using the levy. Now seems a good time to reflect on the reforms. Before we do, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the breadth of these changes:
Since the 2017 introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, we have been delighted to welcome a host of apprentices to the business, we have apprentices working in across Tribal Group in HR, Benchmarking, Finance, Education Services and Higher Education.
With apprenticeship programmes firmly established in government policy, they are just too important for higher education to ignore! Higher and degree apprenticeships are an attractive, debt-free way to become a student, and once graduated, a highly employable individual. They can generate an income stream for universities, and establish and reinforce existing links with employers, providing them with fully competent professionals. What’s not to like?
One of the topics keeping new apprenticeship providers awake at night is the prospect of Ofsted inspection. The regime for inspection of new apprenticeship providers changed in 2018 and the inspection framework for all types of adult skills providers changed in late 2019, here’s a summary of what you can expect.
The ROATP is expected to reopen for applications on 12 December 2018 and will stay open throughout the year with no closing date. The Department for Education and Education Skills Funding Agency have announced a redesign of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) and promise that the tougher rules will ensure providers deliver high-quality apprenticeships.