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NFEC Seminars 2021

Since June 2020 NFEC has operated a programme of online seminars; adopting the title of "Where do we go from here"

The series was prompted by the changes being brought on by the resurgence of the Covid 19 Pandemic, taking account of Lockdowns, Social Distancing and Limiting Contact during Teaching, Assessment and in the Workplace - whilst recognising the importance of maintaining a sound education system. Focusing on Science, Engineering and Technology education at intermediate and higher levels. The series will engage regulators, administrators, practitioners, influencers and others in considering the impact of changing expectations, systems and practices that relate to what we earlier called the "New Normal".

The seminars set out to share what we collectively have learned and what further developments will be required; are there likely to be changes to the standards that we apply or at least the way that we will be required to apply them?

The series of National Seminars will seek to build on the experiences of all involved in the process and will explore the challenges that we now face, irrespective of how long this "crisis" lasts.

Seminar topics have now embraced other aspects of change that are rapidly approaching and have undertaken a detailed look at T Level Developments which are now under continual review. The recent White Paper and other potential changes will undergo similar review at future seminars.

Future 2021 dates include: 26th March; 23rd April; 21st May & 18th or 28th June.

The NFEC 2020 AGM was postponed from the cancelled December Annual Conference and will now be held via ZOOM on 19th March 2021.

We are working on the timetable for these events, these will be billed as National and Regional events. The National events will feature key speakers and discussion on specific topics. The Regional events are intended to facilitate wider discussion on issues of immediate importance to members.

The details of events will be published here, please watch for news as the programme is developed.

Please contact us on seminars@nfec.org.uk, if there are particular topics that you would like to see being included, or if you have contributions that you can make.

Latest News

NFEC have been advised of two key announcements relating to T Level Qualifications

You may have already seen or heard about this, but see below for details of a capital funding release for T level introduction - not that £135m (especially as it might only be a proportion of this, as Accounting, Finance and Management and Administration are also due for the 2022 rollout) will go far across the engineering and manufacturing providers who might apply.

The next NFEC Seminar with touch on changes to the Action Plan. The following NFEC Seminar in March will discuss the Work Placement element of T Levels.

Posted by NFEC 15th January 2021 on behalf of: Susan Chambers, T Level Delivery Division

Subject:T Levels capital funding for providers

Dear colleagues

I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of recent announcements (DfE press notice). We have today launched a £135 million T Levels capital fund to help providers delivering T Levels in September 2022 to fund the building/facilities works and equipment needed to deliver the new qualifications. The closing date for the submission of bids is 26th March 2021. Further details on the fund including, the published guidance, application form and other information on the fund.

We have also announced the approval of £48.5m worth of projects as part of wave 2 capital funding, for providers delivering T Levels from September this year.

In addition, we have published the fourth in our series of annual T Level Action Plans. The 2020 T Level Action Plan provides information on the delivery of the first three T Levels in September 2020, and on our continued work with a range of delivery partners towards the full rollout of T Levels. The main points include:

  • The launch of the first three T Levels, including early recruitment information
  • Eligibility criteria and how to register for T Level delivery in 2023 and beyond
  • Updates on the rollout of T Level routes and pathways
  • Support packages available to T Level Providers; and
  • Progress with the Level 3 Qualifications Review and Higher Technical Qualifications

Many thanks and do let me know if you've any questions.

Susan Chambers
T Level Delivery Division | Level 5, 2 St Paul's Place | 125 Norfolk Street | Sheffield S1 2FJ | Tel: 07384 809 380
Susan Chambers T Level Delivery Division


From the ESFA:

We have published The Apprenticeship Programme response to COVID-19. Minister Keegan wrote to the non-college FE sector to share the link to our new guidance, as well as other support we are providing to FE.

Our guidance provides information on:

  • applying the policy on breaks in learning;
  • delays to end-point assessment (EPA); and
  • alternative arrangements for EPA and external quality assurance.

And set out details of the specific support we are providing, which includes:

  • Encouraging training providers to deliver training to apprentices remotely and via e-learning as far as is practicable.
  • Allowing the modification of end-point assessment arrangements, including remote assessments wherever practicable and possible.
  • Clarifying that apprentices ready for assessment but who cannot be assessed due to COVID-19 issues can have their End-point assessment rescheduled. Apprentices whose gateway is delayed can have an extension to the assessment timeframe.
  • Enabling employers and training providers to report and initiate a break in learning where the interruption to learning due to COVID-19 is greater than four weeks.
  • Clarification on how to record breaks in learning so that funding is not unnecessarily disrupted.
  • Confirming that where apprentices are made redundant, it is our ambition to find them alternative employment and continue their apprenticeship as quickly as possible and within 12 weeks.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has also published new guidance on the delivery of assessment at https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/response-to-covid-19/  

NFEC Free Seminars

Friday 23rd April
T Levels and Work Placement requirements

Registration is now open...


Friday 21st May
The Changing Process Of Delivery & Assessment


Friday 18th June
What we expect Next Year to bring

Annual Conference

The 2020 National Conference was cancelled due to Covid 19. Consideration for a 2021 Conference will be made later in the year. Seminars will continue throughout 2021.

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NFEC Events

The current unprecedented global and UK situation calls for all of us to make the best judgements we can in the light of the official guidance we are receiving. Therefore reluctantly, the Board of Directors, have decided to cancel all future NFEC events planned for the next few months, until further notice and hopefully an improving situation emerges.

For more information and meeting notes go to our Regions page

Membership Fees

Due to the current situation the previously planned increase in membership fees has been cancelled.

NFEC membership fees are held at Institutional / Corporate / Company Membership: £460.00

Individual Professional: £100.00

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