January 2015 update

Thu Jan 29 14:46:00 UTC 2015

September 2018 update: Although our partnership with the Jamie Oliver Foundation has ended, we are pleased to announce that our Home Cooking Skills qualification has been extended until August 2020. There have been no changes to the qualification and its content, and you will find that our website page has been updated to reflect this change, with all new resources and support material.

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ESOL

It was a pleasure meeting so many of you at our recent ESOL training events and I am pleased to announce we have some additional dates for these free events:

Event code Title Date Location Time
14OWZ01/02 ESOL Skills 
for Life (QCF) Launch Event
3 February
2015

Online 15.30

to

17.30
14BWZ01/02
ESOL Skills 
for Life (QCF) Launch Event
23 February
2015
Manchester 10.00

to 15.30

14BWZ01/04
ESOL Skills 
for Life (QCF) Launch Event
10 March
2015
Birmingham 10.00

to 15.30

Booking details can be found on our training pages. Should the course that you want to attend be full, please add your name to the waiting list as we'll be using these to monitor demand.

Visit our ESOL pages

WorkSkills

The Skills Funding Agency has completed its review of employability and study skills qualifications at level 2 approved for adult funding. All three Pearson qualifications included in the review have been extended to 31 July 2015:

  • 60023831 Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Diploma in WorkSkills (QCF)
  • 60023806 Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in WorkSkills (QCF)
  • 60023818 Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in WorkSkills (QCF).

Visit our Workskills pages  

Functional Skills update

Yesterday Ofqual published details of their plans to improve Functional Skills qualifications. We have been working with Ofqual, and welcome the opportunity to ensure that Functional Skills continue to provide a valuable demonstration of a learner’s skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Business skills resources

In February 2015, we'll be holding three customer webinars to give you the opportunity to learn more about our brand new, free BTEC Apprenticeship customisable resources for level 2 and level 3 business Skills.

Title Date Location  Time  
The New Business 
Skills Resources
10 February 2015 

Online 14.00 
to 15.30
Book 
here
The New Business 
Skills Resources
11 February 2015 Online
10.00
to 11.30
Book 
here
The New Business 
Skills Resources
11 February 2015 Online
14.00
to 15.30
Book 
here

Funding

Work experience and study programmes useful links

The Skills Funding Agency has completed its review of employability and study skills qualifications at level 2 approved for adult funding. All three Pearson qualifications included in the review have been extended to 31 July 2015.

External work experience is not compulsory for all learners but the Department for Education (DfE) advises that providers should ensure that, wherever possible, all young people who would benefit from it spend time in an external workplace. Ofsted advise it should be an important part of vocational programmes and consider it good practice if all on the academic route have opportunities to develop employability skills in the workplace. Ofsted’s review of 16-19 study programmes, published in September 2014, was critical of work experience opportunities made available for study programme learners in the early implementation of study programmes.

Useful links

Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills

The Jamie Oliver Home Cooking Skills competition will be launched on 11 February!

Calendar

17 July 2015
NQF ESOL final assessment date

31 August 2015
NQF ESOL final certification date

Melanie

Melanie WilliamsSkills qualifications advisor
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