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Trailblazers: All systems go, but many questions to be answered

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Following some early post-election speculation that BIS Ministers might abandon elements of the trailblazer plans because of fears the reforms may hinder the high profile 3 million starts target, there was a reassuring letter sent to employers chairs at the end of May confirming full square commitment to the trailblazer programme...More

VQ Day 2015

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Learners, colleges and employers around the UK are today celebrating the eighth VQ Day. Research undertaken by the Edge Foundation to mark VQ Day 2015 reveals that practical qualifications trump degrees as the pathway into the most highly rated skills in the community, with Brits preferring to live next door to a plumber than a doctor.

Earn or Learn Taskforce 050615

Friday, 05 June 2015

The Government will be creating 10 taskforces which will be chaired by ministers to track policy implementation progress.

RO36/2015 Closing the unit bank

Friday, 05 June 2015

Earlier today, Ofqual emailed regulatory letter RO36 – closing the unit bank to responsible officers. The letter encourages all awarding organisations (AOs) to permit the awarding organisations that are currently using shared units to treat those units as their own in the future.

Higher Education Forum

Friday, 05 June 2015

The HE Forum met for the first time on 28 May 2015. The forum has been established to identify how to engage with universities on a more strategic basis. 

Planned Government Spending Cuts

Thursday, 04 June 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has ordered non-protected government departments to find £3bn in savings in the current financial year.

IPPR Research on Apprenticeships

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New IPPR research, funded by the Local Government Association, shows demand for apprenticeships – especially from young people – is rising above the number of vacancies on offer.

The Queen’s Speech 2015

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

On 27 May 2015, the Queen delivered her speech to both Houses of Parliament at the State Opening of Parliament 2015.

TAG AO User Group Notes

Friday, 29 May 2015

At the end of last week, Ofqual hosted the first meeting of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Awarding Organisations (AO) Users Group, which Ofqual arranged, in collaboration with FAB to involve AOs in the development of the replacement system for the Regulatory IT System (RITS), the Register and the AO Portal.

‘After the QCF: A new qualifications framework’ FAB Draft response

Friday, 15 May 2015

On 25 March 2015, Ofqual published its consultation on the next steps for withdrawing the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) regulations and introducing Total Qualification Time (TQT). The consultation contains proposal on a range of areas including:

OECD Skills Outlook 2015 – Youth, Skills and Employability

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The OECD has published a report which shows that the UK has the biggest skills gap between young people aged 16-29 who are not in education, employment or training (Neet), and those in work.

NEET Data at a ’10 year low’

Thursday, 21 May 2015

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) recently released data that showed that the number of young people not in work or education in England has fallen to a 10 year low.

SFA – Qualification Approval Funding Form

Thursday, 21 May 2015

On 21 May 2015, the Skills Funding Agency published an updated version (version 4.2) of the Qualification Approval Funding Form.

Care Council Wales Best Practice Guide for Learning and Assessment

Friday, 15 May 2015

Care Council Wales has published a document aimed at those who operate in Social Care, the Care of Children and young People and Early Years in Wales.

Welsh Government's Co-investment in Skills Framework

Friday, 15 May 2015

The National Assembly for Wales’s Enterprise and Business Committee is undertaking a discussion into the Welsh Government’s Co-investment in Skills framework. The implementation of this framework commenced in April 2015.

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