18/6/2014 Posted in: General news
AELP have developed an incredibly useful guide - Effective Governance and Strategic Leadership - for independent training providers.
All training providers operating within the employment and skills sector have to establish management and governance arrangements that are appropriate for their businesses, and meet the requirements of their funders and customers.
17/6/2014 Posted in: General news
The results of the butchery apprenticeship trailblazer consultation, which took place in May 2014 are now available.
As part of this the trailblazing employer group held a consultation - with secretariat support provided by the food and drink training and education council (ftc) - which enabled the sector to review and comment on the proposed standard via a survey.
Full breakdown of consultation survey results, click here.
12/6/2014 Posted in: General news
We are pleased to announce that we have now approved Verner Wheelock's full suite of auditing training programmes.
FDQ centre Verner Wheelock is now running courses both in their own premises or within client businesses.
These programmes include:
10/6/2014 Posted in: General news
We would like to notify all FDQ centres approved to deliver cleaning, warehousing and logistics qualifications, that these have now been extended until 2017.
Qualifications affected include:
1. FDQ Level 1 Certificate in Cleaning and Support Services Skills (QCF) 500/8790/3 Extended until 31.07.2017
2. FDQ Level 2 Certificate in Cleaning & Support Services Skills (QCF)
500/9310/1 Extended until 31.07.2017
3. FDQ Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Cleaning (QCF) 500/5848/4
Extended until 31.07.2017
4. FDQ Level 3 Certificate in Cleaning Service Supervision (QCF) 501/1060/3 Extended until 31.07.2017
5. FDQ Level 3 Diploma in Cleaning Supervision Skills (QCF) 600/8063/2 Extended until 31.07.2017
To view our suite of cleaning qualifications, click here.
9/6/2014 Posted in: General news
Black Sheep Brewery has recently announced they are working with FDQ centre Askham Bryan to train and develop their first brewing apprentices.
The Masham-based brewer has taken on Nicholas Norris, 22 and Joshua Lacey, 19 both from the area. The young apprentices are studying for the FDQ level 2 Diploma for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills as part of their 18 month apprenticeship programme.
The apprenticeship is essentially a package of work related learning, including qualifications which will enable the learner to build both workplace skills and knowledge. This will ensure that the new Black Sheep apprentices are thoroughly trained via on and off the job training.
6/6/2014 Posted in: General news
At the recent AELP conference the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, celebrated the apprenticeship successes and painted a detailed and positive picture of the future of the 'world class' programmes in this country.
Highlights of the speech included:
4/6/2014 Posted in: General news
Got a view on how Functional Skills is working for our sector? Ofqual wants to know about it.
Now is your chance to get yourself heard.
Ofqual is carrying out a survey about Functional Skills qualifications; the survey can be completed by following the link below, if it is relevant to you or your organisation.
21/5/2014 Posted in: Funding news
SFA Contracts 2014 to 2015
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) plan to issue contracts for 2014 to 2015 delivery to providers and employers through the Hub in June. This follows the publication of the 2014 to 2015 funding statements on the Hub in March. All organisations that will hold a 2014 to 2015 contract with the SFA need to register on the Hub by the end of May to receive their new contract.
20/5/2014 Posted in: General news
Just a couple of weeks to go to the AELP National Conference, the 'Skills and Employability’ event.
This year’s AELP conference presents an opportunity to listen to first-hand news on planned policy development in several key areas e.g.
• Skills and sustainable employment: challenges now and ahead;
• Transition to work;
• Careers dvice for young people;
• Labour’s plans for Apprenticeships and skills;
• Improving service delivery and
• The outlook for skills and employment programmes.
Find out more here.
14/5/2014 Posted in: General news
The butchery apprenticeship reform consultation led by employers including Morrisons, Faccenda, Aubrey Allen, Walter Smith Fine Foods, Fairfax Meadow and Bernard Matthews, is now open to all those working in the butchery sector. Businesses in the sector now have a 2 week window – until 30th May 2014 - to have their say and further hone the standard, to ensure it meets the needs of the sector now and in the future.
The consultation on the new standard based apprenticeships takes the form of a questionnaire supported by review of the proposed butchery apprenticeship standard, click this link.