There are a lot of changes happening in the Education Industry right now, with the advent of the apprenticeship levy, new apprenticeship standards and the non-levy changes for small businesses. There is a lot of confusion around what apprenticeships are, what Off the Job Time is, Functional Skills and the Apprenticeship Levy.
We are supporting organisations from very small SME businesses through to International Blue Chip corporations and have provided many solutions from designing, funding and delivering bespoke training courses through to sourcing Apprenticeship Levy Transfers where customers do not have their own or indeed have already spent their own.
There is one other major change happening in this academic year, all current Framework Qualifications (NVQs) will no longer be available for apprenticeships from the end of July 2020.
Qualitrain are ideally placed to be able to talk to you about the alternatives and also to help you start as many learners on the existing courses as you require before the cut-off date. We currently deliver Business Improvement Techniques (BIT), Performing Manufacturing Operations (PMO) and Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at Level 2 to apprentices across England and have trainers skilled and experienced in making these programmes a great fit for you and your organisation.
We deliver a large amount of BIT training to organisations across may sectors and we are working hard to ensure that our customers do not miss out on getting first class training for their staff. After the 1st August 2020 there will be no more BIT apprenticeships and there is no direct flexible replacement currently in place at Level 2. The Lean Manufacturing Operative Level 2 is a great new apprenticeship that has the best of PMO and BIT built into one course but it only works in a Manufacturing environment.
Framework NVQs will continue for short course delivery using Adult Education Budget and some regional European Social Funded provision which Qualitrain can also support on, this funding is not as readily available as apprenticeship funding and there are strict regional and personal eligibility criteria.
You can find our product information on the New Standards and Work Based Apprenticeships on the www.qualitrain.co.uk website under Courses heading.
There is a new Blog from the Education Skills Funding Agency which explains things further, that can be found here https://sfadigital.blog.gov.uk/2020/03/16/less-than-six-months-to-go-until-all-apprenticeship-starts-must-be-on-standards/
If you have any questions around this or any other matter regarding training, please let me know and I will work with you to find a solution.