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NFEC Seminars 2020

For the immediate future NFEC seminars are moving online. A series of ZOOM Conferences will be held during the remainder of 2020.

The first of these, a ZOOM Conference titled "Where do we go from here" was held on Friday June 26th.

Awarding bodies, employers and providers discussed the issues which they have faced since the start of Covid-19, the lessons learned and how they are now planning to start again under changing guidelines so that learners are not disadvantaged.

Link to slides from Steve McAloone, Furness College

Latest news

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/  

Notification of the withdrawal of apprenticeship frameworks

You will be aware that as part of apprenticeship reforms, there have been no new SASE frameworks developed or issued since 31 August 2014 and that new apprenticeship standards have been, and continue to be, developed by groups of employers.

We have been notified by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) that they will cease funding for new starts on all remaining live frameworks on 31 July 2020. This means there will be no new starts on apprenticeship frameworks from 1 August 2020. Please view the list of these apprenticeships frameworks.

You can find a list of the apprenticeship standards which are currently available here and you can see which apprenticeship standards contain EAL qualifications.

The Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards (FISSS) will update the end date of the withdrawn frameworks on the Apprenticeship Certificate England (ACE) and, on the agreed withdrawal date, will archive the frameworks on Apprenticeship Frameworks Online.

If you have any queries regarding this information please contact the Customer Experience team on 01923 652 400 who will be able to support you.

Annual Conference 2020

The 2020 Annual Conference is still scheduled to take place on 3rd & 4th December near Bristol.

Whether this will proceed is subject to developments in the wake of Covid 19. The situation remains under review.

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

Following a Directors Meeting, held on Friday 6th March, it has been decided to raise the 2020 memberships to the following:

Institutional / Corporate / Company Membership:
from £460.00 to £475.00

Individual Professional:
from £100.00 to £104

Jonathan Gill, NFEC's Chair

Jon Gill, NFEC Chair
A message from the Chair

And what about your news?

We want to hear from you - Have you got some good news to share? Did your engineering department get a grade 1 from OFSTED?

NFEC is all about helping each other and sharing good practice. Please send any news to Jill Mustard at jill@nfec.org.uk