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National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage increase

On April 1st the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage increases from £3.40 up to £3.50 per hour Current rates These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Wages

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

We are looking for an Early Years Tutor

Position: Early Years Tutor

The Childcare Company is a leading training provider delivering training in Childcare and Health and Social Care qualifications in the UK and internationally. Using our unique and established online training system, the LASER, we train around 1000 learners each year that are supported by our passionate and friendly team. We have an exciting opportunity for a successful candidate to join our teaching team as an Early Years Tutor. The role is home based, with an element of travelling, therefore a candidate must be organised and self disciplined with time management. Current occupational competency in Early Years is expected. As a high proportion of our learners are on apprenticeship programmes a background in the delivery of functional skills is essential.
Candidates must hold an assessing qualification, PTLLS, Maths and English (minimum of a Grade C GCSE or equivalent), and a Level 3 in Early Years childcare. Experience in childcare social care pathway an advantage.

If you feel you can demonstrate the attributes below and would like to join our exciting, evolving company please forward your CV and a covering email to hazel@thechildcarecompany.com

Attributes: • Embrace online learning • Motivational and inspiring personality • Excellent communication skills • Possess good literacy, numeracy and ICT skills • A team player • Approachable • Have a good understanding of funding compliancy • Have a good understanding of the Ofsted framework • Have a good understanding of Awarding Organisation requirements

Hours of work: 40 hours full time or will consider part-time (minimum of 3 days per week). Salary range: dependent upon experience

The Childcare Company achieves preferred supplier status

The Childcare Company, part of Impact Futures, is pleased to announce we have been chosen as the preferred supplier for vocational training and apprenticeships to the Banana Moon Franchise group, which has over 29 franchisees in the UK set to increase to 40 by the end of 2015.

Banana Moon offers a unique experience with a focus on creating a loving and caring environment that incorporates a distinctive Banana Moon World theme consisting of characters, books, stories and songs helping create a wonderful experience for children, parents and owners alike.

Carly Garrett, Franchise Operations Manager at Banana Moon said “We are delighted to begin our partnership with The Childcare Company who were the exceptional candidate from the various childcare training suppliers we considered.

It is important to work with a partner closely aligned to our values of providing quality childcare built around the needs of children and parents; and we found that ethos with The Childcare Company.

Another key factor in our decision was the use of Laser Systems comprehensive online learning platform, which provides flexible and excellent training delivery customised with Banana Moon’s branding. We look forward to seeing our relationship grow.”

The Childcare Company provides training that is of an exceptional high quality ensuring our partners have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources related to their sector.

If you would like to find out more about our training and apprenticeships on offer, please contact Linda Williams on 01753 596004 or linda@thechildcarecompany.com

Prime Minister celebrates free school visionaries

UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, hosted a number of guests at Downing Street on 2 September to celebrate the success of free schools which are non-profit-making, independent, State-funded schools that are free to attend and not controlled by local councils.

Chris and Sally Eaton were among the specially invited guests on the night as they were one of the first in the country to open a free school, Langley Hall Primary Academy, in 2011.

Chris Eaton, Commercial Director at Impact Futures and The Childcare Company, said “It’s fantastic to be invited by the Prime Minister to celebrate the success that free schools have had.

When I set up Langley Hall Primary Academy alongside Sally, our aim was to enable students to fulfil their potential and achieve high standards within a supportive environment where they will be equally stimulated and challenged.

Free schools offer a forward-thinking academic curriculum and place great emphasis on participation in a broad range of sporting, cultural and social activities.”

Pictures from the event can be viewed here.

The Prime Minister has a target of creating 500 or more free schools in England over the next five years as part of his manifesto pledge. He recently reiterated his support for free schools in a video message.

Sir Christopher Ball Opens New Office

It’s been a great day today at the Impact Futures office, as our new premises were officially opened by Sir Christopher Ball, author of Start Right: the Importance of Early Learning (RSA, 1994).

Office Opening

Thank you to all those who attended today and for all those who have supported Impact Futures.

It’s an exciting time and we can’t wait to see what the future holds…

Impact Futures Management Team

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Government Reverses Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

As we had stated in our previous blog post, the Government had originally planned to introduce GCSEs as an entry requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educator Apprenticeships from 1st August 2015.

However, Childcare Minister, Sam Gyimah has announced today that this will no longer be the case.

All the evidence shows that the higher the quality of childcare, the higher the quality of a child’s learning and development. That’s why it’s imperative that childcare workers have crucial literacy and numeracy skills needed to give every child the best possible start in life.

We’re totally committed to raising the bar and improving the care children receive in the early years so parents can have the strongest confidence in the people who are teaching our youngest children.

However, unnecessary barriers shouldn’t stop skilled people joining the workforce, and it makes much more sense to have an exit standard rather than a barrier to entry. That’s why I’m pleased to say that we will offer people the chance to study their maths and English GCSEs alongside their childcare apprenticeship training.

This means that the apprenticeship entry requirements will remain as they are now. Those who do not already hold GCSEs in English and Maths grades A*-C (or equivalent) must gain these qualifications by the time they complete their apprenticeship.

Please note, Functional Skills and Key Skills are still not recognised as equivalent for the Early Years Educator Level 3 qualification.

If you would like to know more about applying for this qualification, or any other qualifications, please contact us on 01753 596 004.

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Do You Want to Work for Us?

Recruiting Business and Administration and Health and Social Care (Adults) tutors for home-based roles.

Recruitment Poster

Apply Now! Send you CV to Hazel, or contact us.

hazel@impactfutures.co.uk

01753 596 004

New Address Details

New Address

Impact Futures is now in new offices in Langley, Berkshire.

Academy House

Langley Quay

Waterside Drive

Langley

Berkshire

SL3 6EY

01753 596 004

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Our office in Corby remains at the same address:

6 Canberra House

Corbygate Business Park

Priors Haw Road

Corby

NN17 5JG

01536 400 630

Happy VQ Day!

What is VQ Day?

VQ Day is an entire day dedicated to celebrating vocational qualifications. Originally started by The Edge Foundation eight years ago, VQ Day is a day for those who believe in the power of life –long learning, vocational skills and personal development, and a chance for us to publicise how important further education is to each and every one of us.

Why are vocational qualifications so important?

Vocational qualifications are the qualifications that give you real workplace experience, and the possibility to earn while you are learning. They are also the type of qualifications that can lead you straight into a job, or set you up on your chosen career path. Vocational qualifications include certificates, diplomas, professional diplomas and apprenticeships.

Should I do a vocational qualification?

Absolutely.

Vocational qualifications and apprenticeships are designed to:

  • Build your confidence
  • Increase your skills
  • Teach you new skills
  • Get you on the career ladder, or further up the career ladder
  • Develop you as an employee
  • Help you identify your strengths
  • Help you identify the right career path for you

Talk to us today about starting a Level 2, 3 or 4 qualification, or about securing Apprenticeship funding to get qualified.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Impact Futures Commits to the Next Generation by Joining The 5% Club

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Impact Futures has showcased its commitment to the next generation by joining The 5% Club, an industry lead initiative focused on driving momentum into the recruitment of apprentices, graduates and sponsored students.

The campaign was initiated by defence technology company QinetiQ with an aim to get the UK’s public and private companies to commit to raising the number of apprentices, sponsored students and graduates on formal programmes to 5% of their total workforce within five years.

The aim of the campaign is to tackle both the chronic skills shortage and youth unemployment in Britain and help the country remain at the forefront of innovation. It also asks members to publicly report their progress in their Annual Report.

Impact Futures works tirelessly to promote apprenticeships to employers across the UK and to place young people in traineeship and apprenticeship placements in order to gain experience and qualifications. We believe blended learning and work based qualifications are integral to the development of the workforce, and are proud to now be members of The 5% Club.

Dr Sam Healy, Programme Director of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Impact Futures to the initiative. The company’s existing efforts to invest in the next generation are greatly welcomed and together we can strive towards a brighter future for young people in Britain.”

Join us!

To find out more information about The 5% Club and how to become a member, please visit: www.5percentclub.org.uk or get in touch by emailing contactus@5percentclub.org.uk. Information about the campaign can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Apprenticeships: Quality, not Quantity

Quality or Quantity

Training Journal published an interesting article yesterday highlighting the comments from the AELP after the Queen’s Speech, with focus on the announcement about apprenticeships.

Before the General Election, all the big political parties jumped on the apprenticeship band wagon, promising more apprenticeship opportunities and funding for young people. Now the Conservatives are in power, they have agreed to keep their promise and give young people more apprenticeship placements, hopefully leading onto permanent jobs in the future.

The key word here is hopefully.

The promise of apprenticeship placements is great news, but providers have been tarnished in the past thanks to the few companies choosing to deliver rushed, hollow, and ultimately bad quality apprenticeship programmes in order to make a quick return on investment.

As the AELP and Training Journal state, the emphasis must remain on quality rather than quantity. The Government want large figures but this shouldn’t be at the cost of quality delivery.

These are the five areas we believe must be considered to ensure the high quality delivery of apprenticeships.

Work Placements: Learning on the job is the biggest selling point of an apprenticeship, and it is what makes an apprenticeship appealing to both learners and employers. It is essential that providers continue to educate employers about how apprenticeships can work for them, the benefits of hiring an apprentice, and also what is expected of an employer during the apprenticeship programme. We as providers are tasked with banishing the concept shared by some employers that an apprentice is simply twelve months cheap labour, and instead do all we can to see that apprentices are taken on with the aim of being recruited into a permanent role once they have achieved their qualification.

Life-Skills: Apprenticeships are ultimately about a skills-set for specific roles or sectors, however, apprenticeship programmes must continue to deliver life-skills and personal development for all learners. This is not just a focus on English and Maths (despite the Government giving us the impression that it is) but also confidence, self-esteem, satisfaction and new understanding. Young people in particular are entering into apprenticeship programmes with little-to-no work experience, and no real adult life experience. Apprenticeship providers are positioned as life coaches in many cases, and holistic approaches to teaching mean skills gained as part of an apprenticeship easily become much, much more.

Individualised Teaching: Apprenticeships are no longer tick-box assessment exercises. Assessors are now tutors who carefully follow the guidance from the initial assessment stage of enrolment in order to create workplans and teaching sessions which suit each apprentice as an individual. There is not, and will never be, a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning. In many cases, apprentices choose the apprenticeship route because they want hands-on experience, they want to enter the workplace, and they DO NOT want to be anywhere near a classroom for the foreseeable future. Blended learning alongside individualised workplans and teaching sessions enables apprentices to reach their full potential, and most importantly enjoy the learning experience.

Support: Apprenticeship programmes require consistent support from tutors, employers and providers. To ensure quality, apprentices must have the support they require, and in line with individual learning, the support must be of whatever necessary level they require in order to meet their needs.

Quality Resources: Finally, it is also time to agree that young people or school leavers are not going to thrive if they are just handed a textbook in order to do their own learning for their course. It is essential that learning resources are interactive, engaging and exciting. We film our own tutorials and good practice examples which are then loaded for each lesson on our e-portfolio system, the Laser®. We encourage apprentices to engage with us on social media, and to approach us with ideas about what would make the course better for them.

It is integral that the Government recognise that delivering a high number of apprenticeships cannot impact on the quality of the apprenticeships being delivered. What training providers require is support of their own and, of course, funding.

We know the potential of apprenticeships for the country and we recognise the potential of each apprentice when they enrol with us. It would be a travesty if the hard work we have put into building the brand of ‘Apprenticeships’ was ruined in order to reach a defined target which, at the end of the day, is just a number - and not a guarantee of a bright future.

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE)

Employers in the London borough only have until 30th June 2015 to recruit an apprentice and apply for the grant of £3,000. Please click the link below for further information.

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) - London

Employers outside the London borough currently have until 31st December 2015 to take advantage of the £1,500 loan. Please click the link below for further information.

Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) - not London

Why take on an Apprentice?

Having an apprentice as part of your team gives you the opportunity to train a member of staff from their very first day on the job. You are given the chance to grow your apprentice staff with your ideologies and build their confidence as ambassadors of your business.

Our hassle-free apprenticeship recruitment scheme and a dedicated Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager will manage the entire process for you. We will consult with you about the candidate you are looking for, advertise for you on the National Apprentice Service vacancy website, collate the applications and arrange the interviews with you.

“Over the Past two years we have taken on eight Apprentice’s to do the Level 3 qualification. It has been a Great asset to us having this extra member of staff in our rooms… In doing this we have been able to take on two of them early as full-time members of staff, while still doing their course, and also one waiting to qualify who we intend to make a full-time qualified member of our team as soon as she has finished. We will continue to use this service as we feel it’s a great benefit to us as a nursery, and wonderful that we are able to support and guide these staff to help them achieve their future goals.” - Betty Jefferies, Nursery Manager, All About Children Westfields Day Nursery

Talk to us about our comprehensive Apprenticeship Recruitment Service

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Recommend a Friend!

Recommend a Friend May 2015

Do you know someone who wants to get qualified?

Throughout the month of May 2015, you can recommend a friend or colleague to start a course with us and claim a reward for your workplace. Simply download the Recommend a Friend form from the Apply Now section of the website, complete the form and send it to us.

You can choose between a pre-determined bundle of products up to the retail value of £100, including office stationery, children’s books, children’s toys and adult care.

Apprenticeships and vocational qualifications:

Business and Administration

Health and Social Care

Customer Service

Download and complete your form now, or contact us for more information.

Benefits of Online Learning

This is the future of life-long learning.

Despite the tasks of our day-to-day lives being supported by technology, the concept of online learning is still daunting to some. The fact is classrooms for those of school age are about much more than the lesson subject. Students participate in social learning, integrate with their peers, and learn appropriate behaviours, attitudes and interactions with others.

Once a person is out of school, however, the need for the school environment is obsolete. There’s been continuous coverage in the news recently about UK schools not adequately preparing young people for the working world, and yet the school or classroom environment is still to go-to for learning of any kind, instead of integrating learning with life once school is finished.

It’s not as easy for a parent, carer, or even full-time worker to allocate hours in their week to travel to a classroom to engage in their studies. Once in the classroom, they share their time with a group of people, all of whom have their own style of learning and their own expectations of learning, but with only one tutor. Once the class is finished for the week, everyone returns home and is left to revise alone without the possibility of asking questions to their tutor or peers.

Online learning, on the other hand, focuses on flexibility, accessibility and the individual learner.

e-Portfolios collate a never-ending amount of varied resources to suit each individual’s style of learning. This includes videos, games, reading, quotes, examples, good practice, photos, websites – the list goes on and on. It’s also a fantastic tool for keeping a learner’s work and workplans together, so they can easily see what is required of them and refer back to any document at any time.

Time is an extremely important issue when considering further education. A person makes a commitment to study, but they aren’t handed a schedule or given specific time to work on their course. As with everything, life gets in the way.

Learning online means time and scheduling are not so discouraging for the learner, because their work and e-Portfolio can be accessed at anytime and anywhere. They can make time for the learning whenever possible without having to stick to strict college scheduling. If they go on holiday or become unwell, they won’t fall behind from missing a class because the class is always available to them.

It’s also important to point out that online learning is not simply a case of placing someone in front of a computer screen and wishing them the best. Blending learner experiences, online resources and frequent teaching is what makes such a difference to our learners. Our learners receive contact once a week and a teaching session with their tutor at least once a month. This is a one-on-one session which covers their learning and their progress specifically.

On top of this, learners have access to group webinars each week, and can contact their tutor outside of teaching sessions to ask questions if they need to. The individual support for each learner is very different to that of a classroom environment, and works for learners of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. It’s particularly good for learners with learning or physical disabilities who may have been put off further education due to accessibility needs. Resources are varied so those with sight problems can listen to tutorials, or those with hearing problems can read the text version. Whereas previously a learner may have struggled in a classroom environment, learning online allows them to work at their own pace, without worrying about anyone else. Their tutor will also get to know their learner’s needs on an individual basis and work with them to ensure their learning is both engaging and manageable.

As a training provider, we have also been careful to design a learning programme which does not require years of I.T. knowledge to navigate. Our Laser® system is used by learners in the UK and abroad, who vary from school age to pensioner and have varying experiences with technology, and each one is able to use their Laser® as both an e-portfolio and learning tool.

Life-long learning and further education are of the utmost importance for each of us as an individual and an employee. Learning online gives learners access to any course, anytime, anywhere; and removes the stigma of previous classroom experiences. It’s not about isolation, but instead the complete opposite: access and one-to-one support.

Our online e-portfolio and learning resources system, the Laser® is used by Impact Futures and The Childcare Company, as well as being licensed to colleges, training providers and business across the UK and abroad.

Childcare Health and Social Care Business and Administration Customer Service Care Certificate Playwork Supporting Teaching and Learning

Contact us about starting a course or apprenticeship with us info@impactfutures.co.uk, or talk to us about the Laser® in more detail.

Apprenticeship 5 Year Rule - Removed

We are delighted to confirm that the five year rule has now been abolished.

Previously, if you wanted to use a GCSE or iGCSE as an exemption to a part of your apprenticeship framework, you had to have achieved the GCSE/iGCSE within the last five years. This is no longer the case and anyone starting their course from 6th April 2015 can use a GCSE or iGCSE, regardless of the achievement date.

However, there are still minimum achievement grades for GCSEs and iGCSEs.

“The modifications removed the ‘5 year rule’, meaning the acceptable qualifications, achieved before September 2012, are now in scope. This includes iGCSEs, A and AS Levels, O Levels and Key Skills. However, there are still minimum grade/level requirements that need to be achieved, depending on the level of Apprenticeship being undertaken.” - Apprenticeship Frameworks Online (AFO)

You can confirm the level of qualification you need to have achieved to be exempt from parts of your apprenticeship framework by talking to our Enrolment Team.

Please remember:

If you started your course BEFORE 6th April 2015, these changes do not apply to your Apprenticeship, and you must continue your course according to previous rules which included the five year rule.

If you are enrolled on the Early Years Educator Level 3 qualification or Apprenticeship, GCSEs in English and Maths grades A - C are still mandatory.

Care Act and Care Certificate

Care Certificate by Laser Learning

Changes to the Care Act come into force today which aim to radically improve care services as well as support for care workers.

In addition to these changes, there has also been the introduction of mandatory training for support workers, in the form of the Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate is a course which must be undertaken by anyone entering into a support role for the first time. It introduces the person to the responsibilities of their role and also provides essential knowledge for anyone responsible for the care of others.

You can find out more about the Care Act here.

If you are looking to enter the care sector, or have staff who need to complete the Care Certificate, you can enrol on the Laser Learning Care Certificate course and study online.

If you would like more information about enrolling on the Care Certificate course, please contact Laser Learning on 01753 584 112.

Interview with Business Administration Apprentice - Aisha

Aisha Wariach - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Business Admin Apprentice

1. How would you describe your apprenticeship in three words?

• Challenging

• Beneficial

• Supportive

2. Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

I wanted to work and learn, the best way for this was an apprenticeship because whilst being in a work environment, I am also learning and doing my course.

3. What skills have you gained from your apprenticeship so far?

• Confidence

• Customer service

• Handling data

• IT skills

• Communication skills

4. Would you say you are proud of your learning and the work you have done so far as an apprentice?

Yes, the work I have done so far has definitely helped me at work in different types of situations.

5. What tips would you give other people who are going to an interview for an apprenticeship?

• Be confident

• Be polite

• Be prepared

• Present both achievements and what you can improve on

6. What do you like about learning in a work environment?

Learning in a work environment means I have colleagues who are willing to help me and learn many things that I wouldn’t be able to learn if I went to college. I feel like it helps me achieve a lot more quickly and improve on many skills.

7. Finally, do you have any other comments about choosing an apprenticeship and being an apprentice?

I have been very happy with my apprenticeship and enjoy being in a work environment because it has helped me a lot with my confidence and other skills thanks to the lovely people I work with, it’s a great experience.

Look at the apprenticeship vacancies available in your area now!

National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage Increase from October 2015

The Government announced yesterday that the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage will increase by 20% from October 2015, giving apprentices £3.30 per hour. This is great news for apprentices, as it ignores the original recommended increase of only 2.7%.

Accompanying the wage increase was the announcement that Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funding will not be passed directly to employers, but will continue to be accessed directly by training providers. Instead of accessing their own SFA funding, employers will be given a ‘digital apprenticeship voucher’ which they will pass to the training provider, enabling them to draw down funds from the SFA. The digital voucher will hold the employer’s entitled discount for the apprentice’s training.

There have been numerous suggested changes to the apprenticeship process in order to further involve employers. However, the digital voucher aims to make the sign-up process easier for employers, and to encourage each employer to train multiple staff, as well as engage with apprenticeship training at a higher level.

Thinking of recruiting an apprentice for your workplace? Find out more about our Apprenticeship recruitment service.

Interview with Business Administration Apprentice - Nicole

Nicole Pearson - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Nicole Apprentice

1. How would you describe your apprenticeship in three words?

Motivating, a confidence boost and interesting.

2. Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

Because it gives you the opportunity to work and learn at the same time. It also helps you progress into the company.

3. What skills have you gained from your apprenticeship so far?

Gained knowledge in Business Admin, learned new skills in the workplace such as updating the company data, gained confidence such as answering the phone, gained a Maths Functional Skills pass and soon ICT.

4. Would you say you are proud of your learning and the work you have done so far as an apprentice?

Yes, I have progressed very quickly in my qualification and usually hand in my coursework before the deadline date. I find it very easy to ask questions and contact Julie (my tutor) if I’m not too sure on a question in my coursework. I think I have gained a lot of knowledge from completing my coursework and gained in the workplace by seeing what happens in the workplace and how to deal with certain situations which may occur.

5. What tips would you give other people who are going to an interview for an apprenticeship?

That it’s a great opportunity and good if you want to work in a certain sector or company.

6. What do you like about learning in a work environment?

You get to see what happens and what goes on. It’s more realistic and understanding than a college environment. You also get to gain knowledge and get guidance from people in the work environment.

7. Finally, do you have any other comments about choosing an apprenticeship and being an apprentice?

It’s a great way to learn for a qualification and learn about the company you’re working for so you have knowledge in everything you need to know.

Look at the apprenticeship vacancies available in your area now!

National Apprenticeship Week 2015

Ceara Sweeney - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

Apprenticeship Week

1. How would you describe your apprenticeship in three words?

Challenging, interesting and enjoyable.

2. Why did you decide to apply for an apprenticeship?

I wanted to go into a work environment straight after school. An apprenticeship is a good way to be in work, gain experience and also gain a qualification.

3. What skills have you gained from your apprenticeship so far?

I have gained a lot of confidence whilst doing my apprenticeship. Being in the role I am in I have also gained far better communication skills.

4. Would you say you are proud of your learning and the work you have done so far as an apprentice?

I am proud with the work I have done. My tutor has given me great feedback and I am happy with the amount of learning I am doing from my teaching sessions.

5. What tips would you give other people who are going to an interview for an apprenticeship?

Show that you are enthusiastic about learning on the job and will be committed to the company you are going to do your apprenticeship with.

6. What do you like about learning in a work environment?

You can learn from people in the work environment and apply what you have learnt from your course work into your role. Just by watching and listening to other people can help you to gain knowledge. Having others in the work environment means you can ask them for advice and they do give you a lot of support each day.

Look at the apprenticeship vacancies available in your area now!

No More GCSE Five Year Rule from 6th April 2015

After over five months of outcry from training providers, colleges, employers and learners, the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have now scrapped the five year rule introduced as part of the new apprenticeship framework in September 2014.

The rule dictated that the necessary GCSE grades would only be accepted if the learner had achieved the GCSE within the last five years. This meant that even if a learner had already achieved a grade A-C in the necessary GCSE subject, the learner would be forced to repeat the entire GCSE regardless of the result, if the date of achievement was over five years ago.

We are very happy to announce that this rule will no longer apply for learners who enrol on an apprenticeship from 6th April 2015, and their GCSE results will be accepted regardless of the date the results were achieved.

Any learner who has enrolled on an Early Years Educator apprenticeship between 1st September 2014 and 5th April 2015 will still need to follow the five year GCSE rule, and so will still need to re-sit their GCSEs if they were achieved over five years ago.

It is fantastic news that the SFA have listened to our comments and amended the rules in order to benefit learners and eradicate unnecessary repetition of qualifications, as well as unnecessary stress on learners and employers. This is also, however, the outcome most of us had anticipated in the beginning, and it is a real shame Government bodies did not listen to training providers, colleges and groups such as AELP, when we collectively predicted the difficulties of enforcing a rule such as this.

You can search for apprenticeship vacancies here, or contact us for more information.

If you are an employer who wishes to recruit an apprentice, please visit the Recruitment section of our website for more information.

NEW Employer Guide to Apprenticeships

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) have released an updated guide for employers to outline the benefits of apprenticeships to their business.

This is just in time for National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2015 which runs from 9th March - 13th March 2015.

You can download a copy of the Employer Guide to Apprenticeships Employer Guide to Apprenticeships here.

Find out more about our Apprenticeship recruitment service, which makes finding the right apprentice for your business simple and effective.

Between the age of 16 and 64? Choose an Apprenticeship!

Barclays bank announced last week that they would be launching an apprenticeship programme aimed specifically at those over the age of 50.

It’s great news, and the more apprenticeship programmes available - the better!

However, apprenticeship funding is already available for those who are eligible between the ages of 16 and 64.

There is still some stigma attached to the word ‘apprenticeship’ as it carries the assumption that an apprenticeship is only of relevance to young people. This is not the case. Apprenticeships are for anyone who wishes to move into a new career and gain a vocational qualification while working in their chosen sector. Apprenticeships are also for those who wish to significantly up-skill in order to take on a new role and more responsibility within their workplace.

If you are aged 16-64, an apprenticeship may be the perfect way to progress in your career. Our apprenticeship programmes are designed to give our learners new skills, develop their confidence and provide an enjoyable learning experience to see our learners into their new work roles. This applies to learners who join us at age 16 with little work experience, to those who join us much later in life with many years of experience in a work environment.

You apprenticeship is about you as an individual, and ensuring you feel enthusiastic about your learning, and have control over your own learning journey.

You can find our more about funding eligibility by sending us an application form.

Contact us if you have any further questions, or view the apprenticeships vacancies we have available across the UK.

Receive up to £3,000 to Recruit an Apprentice

Employers in the London area could now be eligible for an incredible £3,000 grant if they recruit and apprentice thanks to the Government scheme. Businesses outside of the London area could be eligible for a grant of £1,500 for taking on an apprentice in their workplace.

The Government continue to show their dedication to apprenticeships and providing worthwhile alternatives to University degrees, and we urge employers to make the most of the grant while it is available.

Please contact our Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager, Sarah, on 01753 313 460 to discuss the benefits of an apprentice in your business. Our apprenticeship recruitment service means you can advertise for the perfect candidate and let us sort through applications, arrange the interviews and deliver the qualification framework.

Find out more about the AGE Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme.

Impact Futures Ltd
Academy House, Langley Quay
Waterside Drive
Langley
Berkshire
SL3 6EY
01753 596004

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