Today sees the introduction of the apprenticeship levy - a new levy to underpin a reformed system in which apprenticeships are more rigorous, better structured and independently assessed.
In my previous post, I blogged about bringing policy and delivery together. We’ve been doing this on the apprenticeship service since day one.
My name’s James Reeve and I’m a senior policy advisor at the Department for Education. For the past 18 months I’ve spent a lot of time travelling to Coventry to work with the team building the apprenticeship service.
UPDATE: This functionality is now live We will soon be adding a new piece of functionality into the apprenticeship service. This will enable levy-paying employers to add apprentices and set up payments to training providers.
As the lead user researcher on the apprenticeship service, I spend most of my time with employers and training providers, testing the service and trying to understand how to make it as easy to use as possible.
The SFA has employed apprentices for the past 3-5 years. Apprentices have been especially important in digital, and the team now building the apprenticeship service includes a number of former apprentices. To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we’ve published this short …
The apprenticeship service launch into public beta has so far been a success. We deliberately kept the launch small to start with, giving the teams time to test functionality, operational processes and policy impact.
Employers have already given us positive feedback about the apprenticeship service – they’ve told us it's simple, easy to use and intuitive. This short video tells you more about the service. Our design and development experts tell you how it gives …
The new apprenticeship service adds employers into the payment process, creating another layer of complexity in the system.
The digital apprenticeship service is a complex programme with 7 scrum teams developing different elements of the service.