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Apprenticeship Funding Rules – A Summary of the Changes

July 20th, 2020|

PAL's Director of Audit and Compliance, Rupert Crossland, provides a summary of the recently announced changes to the apprenticeship funding rules. On the 15th of July, the ESFA published the latest version of the apprenticeship funding rules.  In this release, labelled the 'Clarification Version', some of the changes will already be familiar to providers and employers. For example, it is [...]

Summary of Announcements Relating to Training and Apprenticeships

July 9th, 2020|

PAL's Director of Audit and Compliance, Rupert Crossland, provides an outline of the recently announced policies and incentives in relation to training and apprenticeships. The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recent statement included a range of measures aimed at supporting jobs, backed by £3.7 billion of public funding. Supply-side measures – stimulating training opportunities: Apprenticeships: Incentives have been confirmed for employers [...]

Some Positive News to Start the Week – EPA Adjustments Well-received

June 8th, 2020|

During this challenging time, we thought it might be helpful to share some positive news about the experience of end-point assessment during COVID-19. Having completed over 2000 assessments now, and currently working with 450 apprentices in EPA, we have always tried to take a common-sense approach to delivering assessment.  For us, it has always been, and always will be a [...]

Further Relaxation of EPA Entry Requirements for maths and English

June 5th, 2020|

The ESFA has temporarily suspended the funding rule that states the apprentice must have the approved level of FSQs in English and maths before the gateway. The recently updated document sets out further guidance for end-point assessment and functional skills requirements during the COVID-19 outbreak. PAL can confirm that training providers will be expected to provide prompt confirmation of the [...]

COVID-19 – Functional Skills Arrangements for Apprenticeships

May 11th, 2020|

COVID-19 - Functional Skills Arrangements for Apprenticeships A Summary of the Current Guidance and Temporary Flexibilities Information correct as of 15/10/2020 Do apprentices still need English and maths to complete their apprenticeship during the COVID-19 outbreak? Yes.  The requirement to achieve approved maths and English qualifications remains unchanged: Level 2 apprenticeships require achievement of approved Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications [...]

EPA Temporary Substitutions – An Overview of the Requirements

May 6th, 2020|

Assessment Overview- Temporary Substitutions Introduction Following consideration by an IfATE convened task force comprising of the Institute, EPAOs and People 1st, the following temporary substitutions will come into effect for the named assessment plans and assessment methods. These changes are temporary and have been agreed to allow apprentices to be assessed during the Covid-19 outbreak. As the duration of the [...]

EPA Temporary Substitutions – Frequently Asked Questions

May 6th, 2020|

Assessment Substitutions PAL welcomes the recently announced temporary substitutions for some of the Retail and Hospitality assessment plans.  This article answers some of the burning questions around the implementation of the substitutions. What are assessment substitutions? Assessment substitutions have been approved for a range of standards where observation is an essential aspect of the end-point assessment. See the IfATE list [...]

‘Here to Help’ Service Launched to Support the Sector during COVID-19

May 1st, 2020|

At PAL, we have officially launched our 'Here to Help' service to give anybody involved in apprenticeships or WBL access to our team of experts during the COVID-19 outbreak. We thought long and hard about what we have to offer and how we can support the sector at this extraordinary time. This dedicated line is available to all providers, employers [...]

A Guide for Employers and Training Providers. Furlough for Apprentices

April 14th, 2020|

GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS AND TRAINING PROVIDERS How does furloughing apprentices affect their programme of study? This document provides guidance regarding apprenticeship delivery during current working conditions and restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Information correct at the time of issue 14/04/2020 An overview of furlough Furlough is a new form of leave which the UK Government has made [...]

A Guide for Apprentices. What does furlough mean for you?

April 9th, 2020|

GUIDANCE FOR APPRENTICES As an Apprentice, how does being ‘furloughed’ affect your programme? This document provides guidance for apprentices that have been furloughed Information correct at the time of issue 14/04/2020. What does furlough mean? Furlough is a new form of leave which the UK Government has made available to businesses via its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Furlough is a [...]

Fact Sheet – Supporting Apprentices During the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 30th, 2020|

Temporary Adjustments in place for End-point Assessment and Clarification on Regulatory Requirements At this time of huge disruption, PAL is advocating an apprentice-focussed approach to ensure individuals do not miss out on important opportunities because of the current COVID-19 situation. To support this approach, we are committed to enabling completion of end-point assessment wherever possible and we are lobbying for [...]

“Super impressed” by Taylor’s apprenticeship, Distinction Grade, and PAL EPA!

March 20th, 2020|

  The family-run Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar in Ilfracombe, Devon, doesn’t just win national awards for its authentic Spanish fare, but also its staff. The 2019 and 2020 Good Food Award-winning eatery’s latest accolade is for its 21-year-old apprentice Taylor Phelps. She has achieved a distinction for her Hospitality Supervisor (Level 3) apprenticeship, specialising in food and beverage. It [...]

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