April 2015 work-based learning update

24 April 2015

This month's update includes information on funding, qualification extensions and withdrawals and the Skills CFA ERR Workbook.

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Funding update

Here's a simple summary of the funding status as of April 2015 for the suite of Business Skills qualifications, both as a stand-alone qualification for 19 + learners and also as an Apprenticeship component qualification. 

Management and Leadership

QAN Qualification title Apprenticeship funded? 19+ funding?
601/3430/6 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3396/X Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Management (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3401/X Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3402/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF) Yes No
601/3397/1 Pearson Edexcel Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (QCF) No No
601/5250/3 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Principles of Team Leading (QCF) No No
601/5251/5 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Team Leading (QCF) No Yes
601/5292/8 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Principles of Management (QCF) No No
601/5293/X Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Management (QCF) No Yes
601/3500/1 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3798/8 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Award in Management and Leadership (QCF) No No
601/3803/8 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (QCF) No No
601/3596/7 Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF) Yes No

Customer Service

QAN Qualification title Apprenticeship funded? 19+ funding?
601/3392/2 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Customer Service (QCF) No Yes
601/3424/0 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3478/1 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3479/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5305/2 Pearson BTEC Entry Level Award in Customer Service (Entry 3)(QCF) No Provider letters required
601/5306/4 Pearson BTEC Entry Level Certificate in Customer Service (Entry 3) (QCF) No Provider letters required
601/5304/0 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Principles of Customer Service (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5303/9 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5358/1 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Principles of  Customer Service (QCF) No No
601/5359/3 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5398/2 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Principles of Customer Service (QCF) No No
601/5399/4 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Customer Service (QCF) No Employer letters required 

Business Administration

QAN Qualification title Apprenticeship funded? 19+ funding?
601/3393/4 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration (QCF) No Yes
601/3405/7 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3406/9 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) Yes Yes
601/3425/2 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) Yes Yes
601/5577/2 Pearson BTEC Entry Level Award in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) (Entry 3) No Provider letters required
601/5578/4 Pearson BTEC Entry Level Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) (Entry 3) No Provider letters required
601/5579/6 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Award in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5580/2 Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5262/X Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No No
601/5261/8 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/5240/0 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No No
601/5241/2 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) No Employer letters required
601/3499/9 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) Yes Employer letters required
601/3594/3 Pearson BTEC Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) Yes Employer letters required 

We're working with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to confirm continued support for our vocational qualifications from our customers and the employers they work with in order to ensure that these qualifications remain eligible for the 19+ funding. As part of this process, we've been asked by the Agency to include letters that demonstrate industry recognition of these qualifications.

There's a number of qualifications where we still require letters of recognition from providers or employers in order to make a submission to the SFA for 19+ funding approval. The type of support required is indicated in the above table.

If your centre can help to obtain letters of support for any of these qualifications, please contact us.

Sales and Marketing qualifications (QCF) extension

We're in the process of extending these qualifications in Sales and Marketing:

QAN Qualification title Current end date New review date
600/2933/X Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Marketing (QCF) 31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017
600/2850/6 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Marketing (QCF) 30 June 2016 31 Jan 2017
600/1235/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Sales (QCF) 31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017
600/1236/5 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sales (QCF) 31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017
600/1159/2  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Sales (QCF)  31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017
600/1233/X  Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Sales (QCF)  31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017
600/2964/X  Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Enterprising Skills in a Business Environment (QCF)  31 Dec 2015 31 Jan 2017

Extension of Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Enterprising Skills in a Business Environment (QCF) 

We're in the process of extending the following qualification:

QAN Qualification title Current end date New review date
600/2964/X Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Enterprising Skills in a Business Environment (QCF)  31 Dec 2015  31 Jan 2017

Important update on the Skills CFA ERR Workbook

Following a recent communication from Skills CFA to all awarding organisations, the Skills CFA ERR workbook will be removed from the Skills CFA website on 1 May 2015. From 1 May, you will be able to access the online Instructus Skills ERR workbook through the Instructus Skills e-learning portal.

Skills CFA is going through a rebranding transition period and the e-learning portal that's being introduced will have the new Instructus Skills branding.

The e-learning portal will be free for both centres and learners to register for, and you will have access to resources such as PLTS mapping and NOS. On launch there will also be products available to buy, including the online Instructus Skills ERR workbook which will be priced at £5 per learner. Centres can also choose to purchase a copy of the Instructus Skills ERR Model Answerbook for £30.

The online Instructus Skills ERR workbook has been amended from the current Skills CFA version of which Skills CFA have mapped across to the Employee Rights and Responsibilities unit L/506/1905 within the Pearson BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma qualifications in Customer Service, Business Administration, Team Leading and Management.

Learners who were registered with Skills CFA on their Apprenticeship before 1 May 2015 will still be able to complete the Skills CFA ERR workbook. From 1 May, learners starting their Apprenticeship should complete the online Instructus Skills ERR workbook. However, there will be a dual running period so that learners starting their Apprenticeships on or after 1 May can also complete the Skills CFA workbook up until 31 May 2015.

Please note that the ERR component of the Apprenticeship framework can also be achieved by completing unit L/506/1905 Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which is embedded within the optional groups of the Pearson BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma qualifications.

Skills CFA will be sharing the mapping document with Pearson Work Based Learning and Colleges shortly. We'll then review the mapping document in order to decide whether the online Instructus Skill ERR workbook can be used as an assessment tool for unit L/506/1905.
 

Withdrawal of Court / Tribunal Administration qualifications

Following a quality review and analysis of learner uptake, these Court / Tribunal Administration qualifications will be withdrawn from 31 August 2015.

QAN Qualification title Operational end date Certification end date
600/7171/0 Pearson Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Court / Tribunal Administration 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2017
600/7159/X Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Knowledge of Court / Tribunal Administration 31 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2017

You should ensure that all learners seeking to undertake any of these qualifications are registered before they expire for learner registration on 31 August 2015.

Withdrawal of Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Contact Centre Operations qualification

The operational end date for the below qualification is 31 December 2015. Following a quality review and analysis of learner uptake, this qualification will not be extended any further.

QAN Qualification title Operational end date Certification end date
600/1638/3 Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Contact Centre Operations 31 Dec 2015 31 Dec 2018

You should ensure that all learners seeking to undertake this qualification are registered before it expires for learner registration on 31 December 2015. 

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