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Countdown Issue 853

The Wild West of apprenticeship contracts and delivery continues apace!! In the non-levy world the list released (surely by accident during a live tender period) seems to suggest 250 new providers, 100s of good quality providers gone missing – and how low are expectations when members are celebrating a tender award of 50% of their bid. I thought I could find a quote from Deadwood (Ian McShane Wild West series) to reflect the views of many of our members – while it might reflect what many are

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‘Why wipe out good or outstanding apprenticeship training providers after latest Ofsted findings?’, asks AELP

Training leaders consider concerns about variable quality in the delivery of government funded skills programmes to be very over-stated following Ofsted’s confirmation today that four out of five independent training providers are good or outstanding. The inspection results in the Chief Inspector’s Annual Report 2016-17 are pertinent to the Commons Education Committee inquiry on the quality of apprenticeship training which begins in the new year.

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Countdown Issue 852

So I did think that if we waited until today, I might have something more to write about - maybe I could have written about the wonderful allocations that the ESFA had made for non-levy employers. But alas we still wait as I write this. At least when it comes, it will be an announcement that actually includes ITPs, although the way things are going you start to wonder. There have been many announcements this week where it seems that it has been forgotten what role ITPs play – either by

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18 Dec

Dissemination of the Chief Inspector's Annual Report 2017

Ofsted continues to play a very important part in the further education and skills system. Inspection can be a major 'make or break' event. Understanding how Ofsted looks at things, its latest thinking, and where its concerns lie, is important for all of us.

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9 Jan

Self-assessment and Quality Improvement under the Common Inspection Framework 2015

To be able to accurately self-assess and improve your provision is vital for any organisation. This workshop enables participants to explore features of the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) 2015 that will further improve their understanding of how the CIF is applied during inspection. It will also include a practical activity on what to write and not write in your self-assessment report (SAR). Two of these sessions will be led by an Ofsted HMI.

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10 Jan

Future Apprenticeships Webinar: Digital Marketing and Communication for Apprenticeships

In this non-technical webinar you will receive practical advice from a presenter who has launched a successful e-commerce business and knows the apprenticeship sector well. Digital marketing and communication isn’t new, but as trends change and technology advances there are so many marketing and communication activities we could be doing, how do you work out what to do, and what not to do.

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Future Apprenticeships Webinar - 30 January: 'Putting policy into practice - Planning and evidencing the 20% Off th… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

"We should look at changing this funding model and sharing the money between a larger number of smaller organisatio… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

Employers: don’t forget to declare your apprenticeship levy to HMRC (@HMRCgovuk) by the 19th. For more information… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

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