The Department of Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency have released guidance about changes to apprenticeships due to COVID-19.
It has been confirmed that the temporary flexibility suspending the funding rule requiring level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, level 2 functional skills assessments has been extended until 31 December 2020.
Full guidance is available on the Government’s website under Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations (EPAOs) and external quality assurance providers about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus (COVID-19) here.
It was a hugely successful 2019 for Highfield Assessment, as it firmly established itself as the go-to end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) for businesses across the country.
And now the team is on the move to our new, larger premises at ICON to accommodate our growing assessment and support team (you can take a look at some pics of the new office in the slideshow below).
But don’t worry, you can still get in touch on the usual number and email address (01302 363277 and firstname.lastname@example.org
So, what made 2019 so special? Our figures speak for themselves.
You can see why we’ve had to move to a new office, with 2020 promising to be an even bigger and better year. But this change doesn’t mean we’ll lose the personal touch and exceptional customer service we’re known to provide. We’re still committed to answering all calls within three rings and responding to emails within 24 hours.
In fact, here’s what our customers have to say:
‘Highfield provides a flexible and professional end-point assessment service that has been tailored to our needs. Their guidance and support helps to prepare our apprentices for their assessments, which is demonstrated in the incredible results they achieve.’
‘We have worked with Highfield for a number of years and have had nothing but positive experiences. Highfield’s customer service is exceptional which has helped us build a positive relationship with them. Highlights for us are that their EPA process is flexible and accommodates the needs of the learner and the employer.’
Southampton Football Club
‘Providing high-quality, compassionate healthcare is at the heart of everything we do at HCA Healthcare UK. Highfield deliver a consistent, high-quality EPA experience for our colleagues which makes them the perfect partner for our business.’
To find out more on how we can help you with end-point assessment, go to: www.highfieldassessment.com
Our end-point assessment (EPA) portfolio is growing!
We’ve received official approval from the government to deliver EPA for the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Technician Standard.
That’s our second EPA approval in protective services, and 35th overall. So you can be sure that you’re in safe hands when you work with Highfield.
So, whether you are considering taking on apprentices for the first time, wanting to have your existing in-house training recognised or searching for services to ensure you claim your full share of levy funding, just ask Highfield.
And we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to! Which means we can offer your business a full range of assessment services, support and advice to help you and your apprentices achieve your goals.
Find out more by dropping us a line at email@example.com or by calling 0845 2260350/01302 363277. Or visit www.highfieldassessment.com
Highfield Qualifications is recognised as an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and sits on the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. Our EPA services are delivered through our Highfield Assessment brand.
We know end-point assessment shouldn’t be a chore, but the truth is that sometimes it can be a little heavy on the paperwork.
And it’s not always easy to keep track of things when you have a hundred other things (or learners) to take care of.
That’s why we’ve launched the Highfield EPA Dashboard.
Our dashboard is a brand-new digital portal that allows you to track and monitor all learners’ EPA progress in one place.
Designed with simplicity in mind, the dashboard tracks every point of a learner’s journey and allows you to gather data, generate reports and action tasks.
Through the dashboard, you’ll be able to:
- see how many learners you have registered with Highfield
- monitor what stage they are at (on-programme, in EPA, completed)
- generate reports on the grades and progress of each learner
- look at where your learners are by region or even country
- export learners’ data to spreadsheets for your own records and reporting systems
- filter learners by standard, grade or status
- create detailed individual reports on each learner
- see learners’ results the moment they are available
And because the last thing you need is information overload, we’ve broken down everything into visual graphs and charts so you can see where you and your learners are at a glance.
So to get started, get in touch and we’ll guide you through the quick set-up process.
For more information, contact us on 0845 2260350 / 01302 363277 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This week the government confirmed the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017.
The levy will be payable by all UK employers that have a wage bill of more than £3 million. Employers will have to pay 0.5% of their pay roll costs, and these payments will be collected by HMRC from April 2017. Employers that are not eligible to pay the levy will continue to receive government support towards apprenticeship training and assessment.
Following an open consultation with employers and training providers, the government has confirmed the final funding proposals of how the apprenticeship levy will work. While much of the guidance reiterates points that were announced in August, adjustments have been made to ensure that the reforms benefit more employers, providers and apprentices.
Key features from the updated funding policy include:
- employers and training providers who take on 16 to 18-year-olds or 19 to 24-year-olds, who were in care or who have an education, health and care plan, on an apprenticeship framework or standard, will receive a £1,000 payment from the government
- employers will now have 24 months to spend the levy funds within their digital account before they expire, extended from the 18 months originally proposed
- higher funding bands for STEM apprenticeship frameworks; this has increased by 40% for level 2 and 80% for level 3
- non-levy paying employers will only have to contribute 10% to the cost of training and assessment, with the remaining 90% funded by the government
- employers with fewer than 50 employees who do not pay the levy will receive full government funding if they take on apprentices who are 16 to 18 years old, 19 to 24-year-old care leavers, or 19 to 24 year olds with an education, health and care plan
- a commitment to introduce the ability for employers to transfer funds within their digital account to other employers in their supply chain and sector by 2018
- training providers will also receive an additional cash payment equivalent to 20% of the funding band maximum where they train 16 to 18-year-olds on apprenticeship frameworks
- the 15 funding bands have now been confirmed, which range from £1, 500 to £27,000
- additional funding support up to £600 for apprentices who live in disadvantaged areas to ensure that the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship is open to everyone, regardless of where they live, their background or family circumstances
- training providers will be able to claim a flat rate of £471 direct from the government if they deliver English or maths, so that all apprentices have a basic knowledge of each subject
- training providers will be able to claim up to £150 of additional funding on behalf of apprentices who require extra support because of a learning or other disability
If you are still unsure about how the levy will impact your business, or still have unanswered questions, please contact a member of the Highfield Assessment team today on email@example.com.
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