New apprenticeships

Impact of EU referendum result on apprenticeships policy and funding - analysis
The recent EU referendum will have an impact across many sectors of public policy, including education, especially as a change of Prime Minister and administration is now a certainty. Our in-house experts have recently published their analyses of the potential and likely impacts.

National Apprenticeship Week: 14 to 18 March 2016
The ninth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 14 to 18 March 2016, with hundreds of events expected to take place across England.

New apprenticeship standards announced
New apprenticeship standards are available in 10 sectors across multiple occupations, from Adult Care to Rail Engineering, and this list is growing.

Book your place at our Education to Employment conference today
Our Education to Employment conference provides an opportunity for several hundred educators, from all parts of the sector, to come together and hear from leading experts about the latest developments in skills education and routes in to employment.

Make your BTEC Awards 2016 nominations today
The BTEC Awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate success in vocational learning.

'Realising the 2020 apprenticeships vision' – latest workshop hosted by Pearson
We hosted a workshop at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2016 about delivering the government's 2020 vision for apprenticeships in England.

Blog from Andrew Pember on world-class apprenticeships
How the UK can create a world-class workforce through world-class apprenticeships.

Survey on new apprenticeships services
We're looking to introduce a range of services to support our centres as they prepare to offer the new apprenticeship standards.

Pocket Watch article by Steve Besley on National Apprenticeship Week 2016
The six headline messages that came out of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

Pearson and AELP report on vocational learning routes into work published
A new report suggests that lack of awareness about vocational learning routes into work may be holding back many young people from finding sustainable employment.

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship events in June: Book your free place
We’re running free events in June about the new Healthcare Science Assistant (Level 2) Apprenticeship, which will be available from 1 September 2016.

Pearson approved as end-point assessor for financial services roles
We've been approved as end-point assessors for two key occupations in the financial services sector: Financial Services Customer Adviser and Senior Financial Services Customer Adviser.

NAS Director comments on the future of apprenticeships in FE News interview
Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), talks to FE News about the future of apprenticeships, the Levy and SMEs.

Employer webinars
During Learning at Work Week in May, we hosted 3 webinars in partnerships with Campaign for Learning on apprenticeships and world class qualifications.

YEUK Ambassador Nathan Pearson-Smith talks Apprenticeships
YEUK Youth Ambassador Nathan Pearson-Smith is a former apprentice who had been through an apprenticeship programme and is now promoting apprenticeships to young people.

SASE framework withdrawals
A number of SASE frameworks are being withdrawn from 1 December 2016 as part of apprenticeship reforms.

Book your place at Sector webinars
Online events to answer your questions on our new standards and the latest in our key sectors

New End-point assessment introductory resources
We have been working on a taster set of resources for a number of sectors and we are pleased to announce that we have recently launched the resources for Customer Services Practitioner Level 2.

Are you starting to recruit learners onto the New Apprenticeship Standards?
Now the new standards are rolling out, some of our centres are telling us they are unsure about what should happen and when.

Replacement qualifications for the Health and Social Care sector
As you are aware from the 1 January 2018 replacement qualifications are now live.

Book on the next Advice and Guidance webinar
We are planning to run a full suite of Advice and Guidance webinars throughout 2019.

Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2019
Pearson are proud sponsors of the Annual Apprenticeship Conference 2019.

Preparing people for the jobs of the future
Now more than ever, employers are addressing the impact of technology on the jobs that make up their workforce. This need to ‘redesign occupations’ is one of the key implications that came out of Pearson’s Future of Skills: Employment in 2030 research study.

Post-16 Level 3 and below qualification with low and no enrolments in work-based learning
As a result of the first stage of the DfE’s Review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England, the ESFA have announced the qualifications with low or no funded enrolments that will have post-16 funding removed after 31 July 2021.

Pearson partners with Thinkfest Limited to launch the first BAME Apprenticeship Awards
New awards to raise the profile of exceptional BAME apprentices and employers leading the way for diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Supporting the Employer and Training Provider community during COVID-19
Pearson is committed to supporting the employer, training provider and FE College community through the recent challenges presented by COVID-19 and as a valued customer, we wanted to share an update on Pearson’s guiding principles and how we intend to support you as an organisation during this challenging time.

Free resources for you during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The UK Government has announced that education establishments will close this week and that public exams will not be held this summer.

Detailed operational guidance for providers and colleges delivering apprenticeships during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Following the recent update from the IFATE on Apprenticeships we wanted to provide you with detailed operational guidance during Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Keeping you up to date on Functional Skills assessments
Thank you for your patience as we work with Ofqual to develop the fairest and most effective alternative arrangements for the assessment of Functional Skills.

Update following Ofqual announcement on the awarding of vocational and technical qualifications in Summer 2020
I would like to share an update with you, as following close discussions with the Department for Education, awarding bodies and other stakeholders, Ofqual has today announced further information about how some vocational and technical qualifications will be awarded in 2020.

Update on the dispatch of certificates and hard copy results
Due to the impact of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we are aware some centres have closed, so we have decided to hold the dispatch of all certificates and hard copy results documents for LCCI, PTE, BTEC and General Qualifications until further notice.

End-point assessment (EPA) support webinars and recordings
We have recently released a number of support webinars across a number of sectors for different groups of providers depending on their level of engagement with EPA.

Update on Post-16 Level 3 and below qualification with low and no enrolments in work-based learning
At the end of February 2020 we shared the ESFA’s plans to remove funding for post-16 level 3 and below qualifications with low and no enrolments, after 31 July 2021. This affects 16-18 year-olds on study programmes, and 19+ year-olds funded under the Adult Education Budget, the European Social Fund (ESF), or accessing Advanced Learner Loans.

New Adult Care learning programmes and a special introductory offer
We want to update you on some recent developments and a special introductory offer we have been working on to provide our customers with new online learning programmes through our new digital learning platform, Learning Hub.

BTEC Awards 2020: your update on the 10th annual award ceremony
The BTEC Awards has always sought to recognise the strength, resilience, flexibility, determination and perseverance of our learners, educators and learning centres. For this reason, we decided that this year, as we navigate our current collective landscape, it was even more important to find a way to celebrate and recognise the hard work and commitment of the last 2 years by teachers, tutors, schools, colleges, training providers and learners.

Update on Healthcare End-point Assessments
We would like to share an update about our Healthcare End Point Assessments (EPAs). Following discussions with Ofqual and IfATE , as well as other stakeholders, we are now able to apply discretions to enable learners to complete their observation component remotely.

Update on Functional Skills in apprenticeships requirements
The DfE has published a COVID-19 response document that lays out changes to Functional Skills in Intermediate Apprenticeships.

Develop in-demand skills for the future with Learning Hub
We will soon be posting videos on our social channels from our BTEC ambassadors, encouraging your learners to take advantage of the workplace skills and behaviours courses available.

Updated clarification for learners on assignments and calculated grades
We have received a number of queries from learners asking whether we expect assessment to continue whilst they study from home. Our expectation is that centres will continue to provide teaching and learning of as much of the BTEC specification unit content as is possible and carry out teacher based assessments (e.g. worksheets, questions, activities etc) to help prepare learners for the next stage of their journey.

Update on Functional Skills legacy extension
Ofqual has also confirmed that the legacy Functional Skills qualifications in English and Maths have been extended and the last certification date is now the 31st December 2020. This will allow your learners on these qualifications additional time to complete, especially the learners you have judged not to have been ready to complete as part of the calculated results process.

Read how Damar Training are supporting apprentices through the current pandemic
We recently spoke to Jonathan Bourne from Stockport-headquartered training provider Damar Training about how their business is responding to COVID-19 and how they are supporting employers and apprentices through this unprecedented situation to help them to ‘carry on learning’.

Functional Skills guidance on calculated grades for assessments in Summer 2020
Following the UK government’s decision to cancel examinations this summer, and the restrictions on movement to combat the virus, Ofqual is making arrangements for awarding organisations to issue qualifications to learners where appropriate. Ofqual has published a consultation on their proposed approach to vocational and technical qualifications (VTQs). Ofqual has also published a document providing advice for teachers, tutors, parents and carers.

Update on Customer Services End-point Assessments
Following notification from the EQA Provider, OFQUAL, Pearson have been allowed to apply additional flexibility in the observation component of the Customer Service Practitioner Level 2 and Customer Service Specialist Level 3 End Point Assessment Standard.

UK Learns launches, offering UK workers £5m of free online courses to kickstart new skills and career opportunities
Created by Pearson, the world’s learning company, UK Learns provides a carefully curated selection of online courses to help the UK workforce learn new skills and earn qualifications or accreditations that could open up better job and career opportunities.

What the outcomes of Ofqual's consultation means for the WBL sector
Following on from our previous communication on 24 April 2020, we wanted to let you know that Ofqual has now published the outcomes for its consultation on the arrangements for delivering results for vocational, technical and other general qualifications in summer 2020.

IFATE announce flexibility on Functional Skills for EPA
The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE) have announced further flexibilities with regards to apprentices undertaking end-point assessment, whilst awaiting results for calculated grades. This flexibility will apply from the 22 May 2020.

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