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AELP are looking for volunteer apprentices for a VR testing experience!

They want you and your learners to be part of this Virtual Reality training that has been developed in partnership with Gen2 and Ufi Voctech. 

You will need at least 10 apprentices to be part of this exciting experience. This will involve testing their material and giving feedback in the form of a short, multiple-choice survery. In return you will get 10% off an AELP webinar of your choice.

Please reply to Katrina Thomas on to confirm your participation and confirm your 10 apprentices. You will be sent a joining link and more information from there.  This launches on the 21st for 1 week.

ESFA Provider Network Strategy Launch

Please see the attachement for more information on the ESFA's new Provider Network Strategy

Your Future, Your Choice

The Hampshire Careers Partnership have released a Your Future, Your Choice brochure with information on post 16 options such as apprenticeships and traineeships. It also has hints and tips for writing a CV, practice application forms and job interview advice. To access the booklet, click here.

NAW 2021 – What Went On?

The ASK programme ran a Virtual Bus, which travelled to schools in Portsmouth and provided information on apprenticeships and video talks from apprentices. More information here.

Portsmouth City Council provided some cases studies to help educate people as to why an apprenticeship is the correct choice for them and also introduced their first cohort of Teaching Assistant Apprentices. See more on their Facebook page

The Learning Curve Group interviewed some of their apprentices to give us a taste of their everyday lives. See more on their LinkedIn.

Farnborough College of Technology organized on-demand interactive virtual events for apprentices, as well as providing videos of apprentices and virtual tours of the campus. See more here.

SETA produced a suite of apprenticeship case studies and employer testimonials that are available on their website.

Apprentices Connect Together – Act to Ignite. Register for your free place today!

All apprentices are invited to join this free mindfulness and positivity workshop, being held on Monday 8th February, 12:30 – 13:30 with celebrity coach, George Anderson.

This motivational and uplifting workshop is designed to support current and past apprentices to focus on their own apprenticeship journey.
They will explore how to develop positive daily practices that will help them to cultivate a positive mindset and ignite their inner motivation to spot opportunities and enhance their careers.
To register, please click here

Ofqual Must Allow Teacher-Assesed Grades for Apprentices 

For GCSE and A level students, it has been decided that exams will take the form of teacher assessments this year. However, as of yet, nothing has been confirmed to help support apprentices. Read the full article by Jane Hickie here.

Apprentice Ambassador Network Newsletter 

Please click here to see the latest Apprentice Ambassador Newsletter. 

Pearson BTEC introduces Digital Resources Hub

Pearson BTEC have created a Digital Resources Hub where BTEC students can find a range of resources to assist them in their qualifications. These resources include teaching and learning resources, BTEC sector-specific resources and assessment resources. For more information, visit the site here.

Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme Extended Until March 2021

After announcing the Apprenticeship Incentive Scheme in the Summer Statement, Rishi Sunak has now confirmed the scheme will be extended from January to 31st March 2021. This has been confirmed on the government website, for further inforation, please click here.

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education - Stakeholder Survey

The Institute for Apprenticeships has launched its annual stakeholder survey. If you would like your views to be included follow this link - take survey here

    Date announced for National Apprenticeship Week 2021

    The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 8– 15 February 2021, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan has announced today (21 September).

    The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, taking place across England, will showcase how apprenticeships have helped employers and people of all ages and backgrounds. Employers are encouraged to promote the great work of their apprentices, whilst highlighting the many benefits apprenticeships bring to business. Apprentices, at all stages of their learning will also be celebrated over the course of National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

    Announcing the date for the Week in 2021, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan said:

    “National Apprenticeship Week is a great opportunity to highlight the amazing opportunities that an apprenticeship brings to employers, individuals and the economy.

    “It has been fantastic to see how employers of all sizes have gone above and beyond to ensure apprentices can continue their studies during this unprecedented time. The week is also an opportunity to shine a light on how apprentices of all ages and backgrounds are helping to transform businesses across the country.

    “As a former apprentice I know what a life changing experience it can be, and I’m looking forward to being part of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 and seeing first-hand the inspiring ways apprentices and their employers continue to deliver.”

    The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2021 will be announced later in the Autumn.

    Version 8 of the guidance on the apprenticeship programme response to COVID-19 has been published  click here for details

    This version focuses on:

    • Information on the actions that training providers should take for the return of apprentices in September
    • As apprentices return to work, assessment centres and educational settings, training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how best to minimise the risks of coronavirus transmission when determining how and when training and assessment takes place.
    • Apprenticeship delivery can be extremely flexible and it is up to training providers, employers and EPAOs to agree how training is delivered, and how assessments are undertaken.  They may want to take advantage of more than one delivery method to balance any risks from coronavirus with providing a full educational experience.
    • We ask that training providers, employers and EPAOs consider how much apprentices from different employers mix with other learners and staff when training in an educational setting or undertaking assessment.
    • Updated guidance on workplaces and assessment centres.
    • Additional information on local outbreaks, contingencies for outbreaks, and links to the wider FE guidance.
    • Confirmation that we are planning to restart routine funding audits from September 2020.
    • How apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, can access online and telephone support through the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.
    • Information on the new incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice.

    ALPHI network support for employers in uncertain times

    ALPHI is compiling a list of member support available to employers and their employees to support them with upskilling, returning to work, business development and continuous improvement. See here for details.

    If you are an ALPHI memeber and would like to add your employer support provision then please download the template by clicking here and email it to

     Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) Launched

    A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched today by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1 August).   The new Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) will ensure apprentices can access local and national services that can provide financial, legal, health and wellbeing support, and help them to find a new job should they need it. Apprentices can also search and apply for other available apprenticeship opportunities across the country. Read more....

     £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships 

    Details on how the ESFA will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 – 18 year old will be published shortly. All opportunities to bid for the funding will be handled through the DfE’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. Register here

    Read the full ESFA update here.

    Covid-19 ASK update

    ALPHI can now offer a programme of virtual activities for students

    Download the ASK Virtual Brochure of activities here.

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