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Slow Start to Apprenticeship Reform

The government’s flagship Apprenticeship Reform programme commenced on 1st May, however, the launch has been far from trouble free and all main providers are reporting that the enrolment of new apprentices is much lower than expected. Causes of the delays include the late publication of the final version of the Funding Rules and, of course,… Read more »

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Important Letter from Sarah Hawtin, Visions Academy, Crawley

I thought I would share a recent experience with you, about new learners joining our academy. The following seems to be a growing trend, it has happened to four of our new starts this year.  By now, your potential new starts will have their GCSE results, but what you might not know is if their… Read more »

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Off-The-Job Training for Apprentices

All apprentices must spend a minimum of 20% of their working time undertaking Off-the-Job training, that is, training that takes place away from their normal work duties. The funding rules have been strengthened and the Education and Skills Funding Agency will come down very hard on any provider that fails to show evidence that the… Read more »

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Changes to GCSEs and Functional Skills

Changes to GCSEs and Functional Skills GCSEs in England are changing. The main difference is a move to a new grading system. From this summer, grade 9 will be awarded to the very highest achievers and 1 to the lowest. The four current highest grades of A*, A, B and C are being replaced by… Read more »

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Employer Co-Investment for 19+ Apprentices

The most important feature of the Reform of Apprenticeships programme is the involvement of employers in the development and running of the new system. The new standards are designed by employers, they are overseen by employers and through a new tax called the Apprenticeship Levy, they are paid for by employers – but only by… Read more »

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Spring/Summer Term

Spring / Summer Term Monday 1st May is the official start of the Cheynes Training Spring/Summer term. We expect that Cheynes Training will have an Ofsted inspection at some point between June and December 2017. The inspection will be under arrangements that includes giving a training provider just two days’ notice of an inspection. As… Read more »

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Statement from the Education and Skills Funding Agency

Statement from the Education and Skills Funding Agency The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has carefully considered the applications made in response to the recent procurement for apprenticeship training provision for non-levy-paying employers. This procurement was markedly oversubscribed, a sign of the significant level of interest from the training provider market in the apprenticeship… Read more »

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New Hair Professional and Barbering Standards

Although the new Hairdressing Professional Standard and the Barbering Professional Standard are based around the current 6008 standards, they will at first seem very different when they are introduced in May as part of the government’s Reform of Apprenticeships. The awarding organisations involved in hair-dressing and barbering are currently reviewing and re-writing the units to… Read more »

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New Look Cheynes Training Website

In March, we will launch a major update of our highly-acclaimed website.

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Ofsted Employer Views

Ofsted, the government inspection body for schools, colleges and for work based learning in England, has developed their latest set of online questionnaires.

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2017 – A Big Year for Apprenticeship Training in England

On 1st May 2017, the new apprenticeship system will commence and with it comes a host of changes that are expected to transform apprenticeship training.

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